Golden Threads - Resources


Glad, Ruth and Marge O Young, Gunnedah, early 1930s. (Private collection) This section of Golden Threads provides links to relevant organisations, publications, school activities related to the Golden Threads exhibition, websites and other resources.

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Index of resources:

  • Artefacts and objects
  • Conferences and workshops
  • Digs, sites and trails
  • Education
  • Family history
  • Further study
  • Histories of the Chinese in Australia
  • Museums and exhibitions
  • Organisations and networks
  • Research aids, centres and collections

Artefacts and objects

Artefact Illustrations from the Asian-American Comparative Collection.

Chinese Coin and Charm images.

Chinese Numismatics in Hong Kong.

Coins and Gambling Tokens Found at the Yema-Po site, California.

Opium Smoking Paraphernalia from the Yema-Po site, California.

Conferences and workshops - past, present and future

Asian-Australian Identities Conference

Chinese Heritage of Australia Federation Conference. Melbourne, Australia, July 2000.

Chinese in Australasia and the Pacific: Old and New Migrations and Cultural Change. Conference for the study of Overseas Chinese, New Zealand, 20-21 November 1998. Copies of papers presented to the conference grouped under the following themes: Identity and Culture, New Settlers, Graves, Earlier Chinese, General.

The Chinese in Australian and New Zealand History Workshop. Sydney, February 2000.
See also Grace Wong’s report of the workshop at:

Linking Latitudes, 2001. Shanghai, China, April 2001. Asia Education Foundation’s Second International Conference and Fieldwork Program.

Lost in the Whitewash – Aboriginal-Chinese Encounters from Federation to Reconciliation. Canberra, December 2000
December 2000.

Digs, sites and trails

Arrowtown : Chinese Miners. Background information on Arrowtown and its Chinese settlement which was excavated in the 1980s and has become a tourist site.

Chinatown, Melbourne.

Chinese Funerary Burners – A Census. Compiled by Terry Abraham.

Guided Tour of Yema-Po, San Francisco Bay area, California, USA. A guided tour of the archaeological work done during 1993-1994 on a site which has the remains of a work camp occupied by Chinese laborers who constructed the San Leandro Reservoir (Lake Chabot) between 1874 and 1875.

Mai Wah Society – Preserving and Interpreting Butte, Montana’s Asian Heritage Since 1991.

Ng Shing Gung, San Jose’s Heinlenville Chinatown, USA.

NSW Heritage Office – Mapping Chinese Heritage Project.

Picture Australia – Trails: The Chinese-Australian Story

Robendigo Walk

Weaverville Joss House Historic Park, California, USA.


Access Asia

Asialink – Curriculum Materials

Chinatown Online – Teachers’ Resources.

Chinese Heritage of Australian Federation – Teaching about the Chinese in Australia

Golden Legacy Curriculum.

Golden Threads and the NSW Syllabus (PDF file) For HSIE K to 6 and History Stages 4 & 5

Racism No Way

Family history

ChinaGen Web.

Chinese Genealogical Resources. A list of books and internet links. - Articles, links, resources for genealogical research

Chinese Surname Queries – Bulletin Board.

Taishan Genealogy

Further study

Local, Family and Applied History at the University of New England. For details about courses available by distance education for anyone interested in family and community history.

Histories of the Chinese in Australia

Chinatown, Sydney.

Chinese Heritage of Australian Federation - Stories.

Chinese people and political change in Australia – by King Fong.

Chung Wah Association of Western Australia 85th Anniversary Magazine. Provides a number of online articles about the history of the Chinese in Western Australia and in Australia.

Harvest of Endurance Scroll.

Museums and exhibitions

The Chinese Heritage of Australian Federation – Exhibition: Liang Qichao

Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles, USA.

Chinese Historical and Cultural Project – Virtual Museum and Virtual Library

Chinese Museum, Melbourne, Australia.

Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo, Australia.

Kam Wah Chung and Company Museum, Oregon, USA.

The Promise of Gold Mountain – Tucson's Chinese Heritage.

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, USA.

Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle, USA.

Organisations and networks

Australia-China Friendship Society.

Chinese-Australian Forum (CAF)

Chinatown Online, UK.

Chinese-Canadian Organisations, Associations and Related Programmes.

Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver.

Chinese Culture Centre, San Francisco.

Chinese Historical and Cultural Project, Santa Clara, California.

Chinese Historical Society of America.

Chung Wah Association of Western Australia.

International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas (ISSCO)

Organisation of Chinese Americans.

Unity Chinese: The Chinese Community Network (UK).

Research aids, centres and collections

Asian-American Comparative Collection.

Asian-Nation:The Landscape of Asian America.

Centre for the Study of the Southern Chinese Diaspora, Australian National University.

China the Beautiful. The Complete Reference to China/Chinese Related Websites.

The Chinese Heritage of Australian Federation Project - Resources.

Chinese-Immigrants and Chinese-Australians in New South Wales. A guide to records held in the New South Wales office of the National Archives of Australia relating to Chinese immigration and settlement in New South Wales especially in the first half of the twentieth century.

Huaren: World Huaren Federation. A joint project of ten member organisations, it aims to promote wider international access and exchange of information on the Chinese Overseas, and enhance awareness and appreciation of Chinese cultural heritage. The website contains linkages to major libraries, research collections and other relevant sites on the subject. Other facilities include a calendar of events, a bulletin board and a forum for discussion.

Jinan University, Institute of Overseas Chinese Studies.

Migration Heritage Toolkit

State Records NSW: Sources for the history of the Chinese in regional NSW (PDF file) A guide compiled by Michael Williams for the Golden Threads Project

Tracing your Chinese ancestor in the National Archives of Australia (NSW Office) (PDF file) A guide compiled by Michael Williams for the Golden Threads Project.

Tracking the Dragon - assists communities and individuals to track the lost places of Chinese Australian heritage. Produced by the Australian Heritage Commission.