Research Advice

There is a growing interest in China and the history and heritage of Chinese in Australia. The Museum welcomes this growth but it does mean that there can be delays responding to queries. Queries will be responded to as promptly as possible, but please be patient.

For general advice on sources for researching Chinese in Australia please refer to our Guide to Chinese-Australian Family Research. Those undertaking family histories should consider contacting and getting involved with one of the Chinese-Australian family history groups around Australia. Details of these groups are in our Guide.

In Melbourne, the Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria meets once a month at the Chinese Museum. The group provides an opportunity for individuals researching their family histories (or those of others) to meet, share their research and exchange tips and suggestions. To sit in on a meeting as a guest, please contact the CAFHOV Secretary at

Please note that the Chinese Museum does not offer a valuation or translation service, nor do we offer advice on the identification of Chinese antiques. You can find a translator via the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters and from the Cultural Gifts website of Government approved valuers as at December 2017 a cut down list of approved valuers with expertise in Asian artefacts. a list of approved valuers with expertise in Asian artefacts from the government’s cultural gifts website.

Chinese Museum Research Guides

Research queries should be sent in writing to our curator Joyce Agee by email to or in the post to Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia.