Macquarie Street Asylum and the Chinese Community

Macquarie Street Asylum and the Chinese Community

Macquarie Street Asylum in Parramatta, circa 1880. Local Studies Photograph Collection LSOP 114

“Parramatta has another feature of interest, and it is this that brings us here to-day. It is a veritable city of asylums – asylums for infirmity, asylums for orphanhood, asylums for papaurism, asylums for insanity, and asylums for crime”[I]

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Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

Centenary Square, Parramatta will be transformed by a dragon and lion procession, fireworks and more for Lunar New Year on the 3rd of February 2017. (more…)

Mak Sai Ying Aka John Shying

Mak Sai Ying Aka John Shying

Private John Joseph Shying, Grandson of John Shying, Source: Sydney Living Museum Photo – Charles Picking Courtesy Winsome Doyle

Chinese migration and settlement in New South Wales has a long history. Records show that about 18 Chinese settlers had immigrated to Australia before 1848. The earliest known Chinese immigrant to arrive in Sydney in 1818 is reported to have been Mak Sai Ying (more…)

George (Guoc) Ah Poo

George (Guoc) Ah Poo

Born in Canton, China in 1843, George (Guoc) Ah Poo also known as George Harper arrived in the colony of NSW before 1862. Ah Poo was one of the many Chinese immigrants (more…)

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