Image: Chinese altar, Beechworth Cemetery, 160th anniversary celebration. C. Cumines 24 September 2016, courtesy of Chinese Heritage Association of Australia.

To celebrate History Week 2018, Chinese Heritage Association of Australia President Cheryl Cumines will investigate Chinese tombstones and empty graves.

Thousands of Chinese who left their homes in the nineteenth century to journey across the sea did so with the hope that they would one day return home.  For those who died, the hope was that their bones would be repatriated to China for reburial.

Across the Chinese diaspora, including in Australia, repatriation was organised through the Tung Wah Hospital in Hong Kong.  Come along and her Cheryl chart this fascinating piece of transnational history.

When:    Saturday 1 September, 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Where:   
Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Cost:      
Members $10, Visitors $15.
Bookings:    deblunt@bigpond.net.au or 02 4861 3078
Hosted by:   Chinese Heritage Association of Australia

 

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