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In 1871 there were just twelve Chinese women in New South Wales. In this talk Dr Kate Bagnall will discuss her quest to find out who these women were and what their lives in colonial Australia were like. She will focus on four remarkable women – Ah Happ, Ah Fie, Kim Linn and Sam Que – who lived at scattered locations around the colony, from Sydney to the goldfields to the bush. Living far from each other, Dr Bagnall will consider who might have been their neighbours, friends and helpmates as they built new lives in New South Wales from the 1860s to the 1880s.


Dr Kate Bagnall is a historian, writer and editor based in Canberra. Her historical work focuses on Chinese migration and settlement in the British settler colonies of the Pacific Rim before 1940. Kate received her PhD in Australian History from the University of Sydney, and from 2016 is an ARC DECRA Fellow in the School of Humanities & Social inquiry at the University of Wollongong.


Proudly presented as part of the History Council of NSW’s Speaker Connect program for History Week 2016.

When: Wednesday 7 September 2016, 6:00pm
Where: Corrimal District Library and Community Centre
15 Short Street
Corrimal NSW 2518
Cost: Free – register now.
Contact: 02 4227 7414 
Presented by Wollongong City Libraries.

Image: Sam Hand’s boardinghouse, (next to a butcher shop), Home Rule, c. 1870-1875, American & Australasian Photographic Company, courtesy State Library of New South Wales.

History Week Neighbours postcardThis event is part of
History Week: Neighbours
3-11 September 2016
Presented by the History Council of NSW
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