>Saving Australia’s Early Chinese Links

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION & REQUEST:

“Through their memories, many of our Chinese-Australian elders offer us a valuable link to Australia ‘s early Chinese immigrants – those who arrived during the gold rushes and its aftermath. The memories of these elders allow us to imagine what life was like in Australia from the 1930s through to the present day and offer us an insight into Chinese-Australian social, political and economic life.
We are rapidly losing this valuable insight as these elders move into their 80s and 90s. Fortunately the Museum of Chinese Australian History has received a grant from the Public Records Office of Victoria to record these memories as part of an oral history project that documents the lives of Chinese Australians in the pre-World War II period.
We would like your help in locating Chinese Australians in their 80s and 90s who can remember Australia in the 1930s and 1940s and might be interested in sharing their memories (in English or Cantonese).
For further information, including a PDF project brochure, please do not hesitate to contact Sophie Couchman on (03) 9662 2888 or by email on curator@chinesemuseum.com.au

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