Current Research

Recently published

Tracking the Dragon – Chinese on the Riverina 

William Lee – Barrister by Malcolm Oakes SCAn Inconvenient Myth — The Lambing Flat Riots and the Birth of White Australia by Karen Schamberger

New Zealand and the White Australia Policy

Ongoing Research (please make contact if you have any information/material that might assist these researchers)

Chinese Merchants – Natalie Fong (Griffith University)
Natalie is investigating the history of the Chinese in the Northern Territory, 1880-1950. Her focus is on the roles played by Chinese merchants in fostering Asian-Australian trade, as patriarchal heads of transnational, transfamilial business networks, and as leaders of Australian Chinese communities, and how they were impacted by discriminatory government policies. Natalie is also interested in Chinese merchants’ wives and daughters. She is descended from Fong Sui Wing (鄺修榮)/Wing Wah Loong (永和隆) and Lowe Dep.
Please contact her via email ( if you have any information you wish to share, particularly if you are related to the following merchants/businesses: Ah Cheong/Wing Cheong Sing (榮昌盛), Yuen Yet Hing/Yet Loong, Chin Yam Yan (陳??), Lee Chow/Man Fong Lau (萬芳樓), Cheong Wo (?和).
Enterprising Chinese Australians and the diaspora network, 1850-1949 – Mei-fen Kuo
(ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme, 2015-2018)
Drawing upon the newly discovered and accessible resources, the project will involve systemic analysis and interpretation of enterprising Chinese Australians from 1850 to 1949 in developing products and markets, supporting a new print culture, engaging with extensive diaspora networks. It will also tease out the implications of its findings for diaspora engagement with a developing China, and with the development of Australia’s own economy and culture and trading relationships.
Contact: or +61 7 3365 3321

Histories of Chinese-Australian Furniture – Peter Gibson (University of Wollongong)

I’ve just begun writing a doctoral thesis on Australia’s old Chinese cabinetmakers. If you are descended from a Chinese-Australian cabinetmaker and would like to share your family story, or if you own any items of Chinese-Australian furniture, I’d love to hear from you.

I can be reached at: or 0401 495 240.

Chinese in Bathurst – Juanita Kwok (Charles Sturt University)

Researching the Bathurst Chinese community between the 1850s and 1950s. Her research is examining the extent to which the Chinese community were engaged in the local economy and civic life of Bathurst and their interconnectedness with regional, national and transnational Chinese Australian business and social networks.

If you have any information on the Bathurst Chinese that you are willing to share with Juanita, please email her at or 0410 034 916.

Sam Poo- the Chinese Bushranger – Meg Foster (University of New South Wales)

Meg is investigating the ‘other’ bushrangers (those who were not white men) in Australian-history and memory. This research includes a Chinese bushranger named Sam Poo, who operated around the Mudgee area in 1865. Sam is most famous (or infamous) for shooting Senior Constable Ward in February of that year. After two weeks on the run, Sam was captured and eventually hanged in Bathurst gaol in December, 1865.

If you have any information, memories or stories about Sam that you wish to share, please contact Meg at