Chinese Migrant Culture on the Georges River

Chinese Australian Historical Society Appeal for Information

This exhibition intends to uncover the identity and stories of people and places in the Georges River area, associated with Chinese migration history, incorporating historical material, personal stories and artist’s interpretations, visualising stories of place and migrant experience

The focus on the urban environment of Hurstville and surrounding suburbs celebrates the long association with Chinese culture in the Georges River area. The historical, social and cultural context for the migration of the Chinese community to this area will be reflected in the exhibition through material culture, objects, documents, stories and oral histories, ranging from the nineteenth century to more recent migration in the 2000s.  The exhibition aims to highlight less well-known aspects of Chinese migrant experience and stories of place for the broader community.

We are currently seeking information, stories, details of private collections and objects, contacts and individuals who may be interested to assist with the development of this exhibition, have knowledge of Chinese migration history and families, including businesses, organisations, communities, etc. associated with this aspect of past and contemporary history in the Georges River area, for possible inclusion in the exhibition.

Please contact the exhibition Curator, Claire Baddeley via email at:

This article originally appeared in the 23 April 2020 issue of the RAHS eNewsletter. To subscribe to our eNews visit the RAHS homepage.

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