Golden Threads - About


Mary and Elaine Hong of the Hop Sing store in Tenterfield with Eileen and Betty Wong when they arrived from China in 1945. (Private collection)Chinese-Australians have played an important part in our state and national history. Their contributions are remembered through objects, sites, people and stories. By exploring the Chinese presence in parts of regional NSW, the Golden Threads Project acknowledges and celebrates the work of local museums and Chinese-Australians in collecting and presenting our Chinese history.

The Project also invites you to think about and share the Chinese contribution to your locality and to your family and community histories. There are many more stories, sites, objects and people.


Golden Threads Acknowledgements

Supported by:

Golden Threads is supported by Australian Museums and Galleries OnLine, NSW Ministry for the Arts, New England Regional Art Museum, The Powerhouse Museum, University of New England, NSW Heritage Office and Visions of Australia.

New England Regional Art MuseumThe University of New EnglandAustralian Museums and Galleries OnlineNSW Ministry for the Arts
Powerhouse MuseumCultural Ministers CouncilVisions of Australia

Project Team:


Joe Eisenberg and Janis Wilton


Joe Eisenberg, Doris Yau-Chong Jones, Barrie Steer and Janis Wilton

Content author:

Janis Wilton


Basil Dewhurst (Programmer), Sophie Daniel (Designer) &  Australian Museums and Galleries OnLine

Travelling Exhibition Design:

Geoff Webster and Hana Rocak

Exhibition Tour:

New England Regional Art Museum

Tour Manager:

Christine Ball

Golden Threads is indebted to the work and commitment of the many local museums, historical societies, community members and individuals who have assisted in the course of the Project.

For sharing their professional expertise:

Brad Baker, David Ellis, Julie Garrad, Graham Kuo, Jennifer Sanders, Pat Townley, Michael Williams, Kylie Winkworth, Cheryle Yin-Lo.

For sharing their memories and family histories:

Eileen Cum, Les Daniels, Harry Fay, Eric Fong, Carole Gass, Shirley Hansen, Henry Hong, Thomas Hoy Lee, Lister Holland, Wendy Hucker, Arthur Nixon, Mavis Pratt, Merv Shung, Min Loo Sick, Tim Sing Lee, Esme Smith, Ernest Sue Fong, Harvey Young, Noeline Yum.

For sharing their collections and local knowledge:

Albury Regional Museum

Armidale Folk Museum

Bathurst Goldfields Museum

Bathurst Museum

Bingara District Historical Society Museum

Bland District Museum, West Wyalong

Bombala and District Historical Society

Braidwood and District Historical Society Museum

Canowindra and District Historical Society Museum

Colonial Inn Museum, Mudgee

Corowa Federation Museum

Cowra and District Historical Society Museum

Deniliquin and District Historical Society

Dubbo Museum and History Centre

Emmaville Mining and Cultural Museum

Eugowra Historical Museum

Forbes and District Historical Society Museum

Golden Memories Museum, Millthorpe

Goolagong Historical Society

Grenfell Museum

Griffith Pioneer Park Museum

Gulgong Pioneers Museum

Guyra Historical Society & Museum

Happy Valley, Adaminaby

Hay Gaol Museum

Henry Parkes Museum

Hill End Historical Museum

Hillgrove Rural Life and Industry Museum

Inverell Pioneer Village

Jindera Pioneer Museum and Historical Society

Kandos Bicentennial Industrial Museum

Land of the Beardies Museum, Glen Innes

McCrossins Mill Museum, Uralla

Molong Historical Museum

Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga

National Archives of Australia

Oberon and District Museum

Old Dubbo Gaol

Orange and District Historical Society Museum

Oxley Museum, Wellington

Parkside Cottage Museum, Narrandera

Peppin Heritage Centre, Deniliquin

Queanbeyan and District Historical Museum

Rockley Mill Museum

Royce Cottage, Manilla

Smith’s Museum, Happy Valley, Tingha

State Library of NSW

Tumut and District Historical Society Museum

Ungarie Historical Society and Museum

Walcha and District Historical Society

Walla Walla and District Historical Society

Wing Hing Long Store and Museum, Tingha

Young Historical Museum

...and the numerous private collectors who made their collections available.