Recent Achievements

It is easy to forget how much as been done in the rush to do more but here is a summary of initiatives in the last five years. Below that is a list of specific events going back much further.

  • Regular community presentations since 2015 including Lunar New Years and History Week.
  • Establishment of the annual Henry Chan lecturers since 2017
  • Regular newsletter since 2015
  • Established and maintain a website since 2015
  • Established and maintain a Facebook Group with regular postings since 2015
  • Supported publications of note – The Poison of Polygamy in 2019
  • Organised field trips – North Head Quarantine Station (2016), Fong Lee’s Lane (2019), Chinatown tours (numerous since before 2015)
  • Translation of the Bew Chip account book in co-operation with the Zhongshan Society, 2018
  • Support for the founding of a Museum of Chinese in Australia since 2019
  • Instrumental in the heritage listing of the Kwong War Chong building by City of Sydney Council, 2019
  • Established and maintain a substantial mailing list since 2015
  • Establish a Family History Group 2016

Chronology of past activities


Lunar New Year: Traditions and Memoires


July 2019 – Third Henry Chan Lecture:: Li Juanjun, Beijing Foreign Studies University presented on the works and impact of many Australian writers who were published in China during the 1950s and 1960s.

July 2018

July 2018 – Second Henry Chan Lecture: Dr Chen Bing of Peking University, a translator of the works of George Earnest Morrison gave an account of this famous Australian from a Chinese perspective.

Sep 2017   History Week Talk 2017

Aug 2017  Using the National Archives

July 2017 – First Henry Chan Lecture: The inaugural lecture was presented by Dr Selia Tan of Wuyi University, Guangdong who gave a history of the world heritage listed Kaiping diaolou (guntowers) and their connection with Australia.

July 2017  Sydney Cemeteries

Nov 2015 – Visit to North Head Quarantine Station

Jul 2014 – Jun 2015       
Jun 2015 
AGM with a Talk by Dr Michael Williams and Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson (University of Sydney)

Jul 2013 – Jun 2014       

Sep 2013 King Fong’s Chinatown Tour

Nov 2013 HISTORY TALK – The Fall of the Celestial Empire
The decline of the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911) and its consequences
Jul 2012 – Jun 2013       

Aug 2012 Seminar – Sze Yup Temple in Glebe – Past, Present and Future by Helen Fong

Jul 2011 – Jun 2012       

Sep 2011 Cantonese Cuisine in Sydney with traditional village style ‘Poon Choy’ tasting 盆菜宴
King Fong’s Chinatown Tour

Jul 2010 – Jun 2011
Sep 2010 Hong Kong to NSW – Chinese Labourers in Australia in the 19th Century, feature event for NSW History Week 2010
King Fong’s Chinatown Tour

Jul 2009 – Jun 2010
Sep 2009 CAHS Annual Dinner | King Fong’s Chinatown Tour

Jul 2008 – Jun 2009
Sep 2008 Stepping ashore: How to research your Chinese family history

Jul 2007 – Jun 2008
Feb 2008 Celebrate Chinese New Year with Tony Ayres – Chinese Australian Women’s Life Stories Down Under workshop


2003 – 2004
Quong Tart Centenary