CAFHOV Launch of ‘Transcribing Chinese travels into Victoria’s history’

11Days 08Hrs 11Mins 44Secs

Between 1904 and 1959, customs officials recorded the details of Chinese and Indian Victorians who travelled overseas under a certificate exempting them from having to sit the notorious dictation test on their return to Australia. They recorded the names, ages, nationalities, occupations, residencies and shipping details of these people.

Currently all of these details are locked away, unsearchable, unless you know the date of issue of a particular certificate. We plan to change that by creating a searchable index of these records and we’d like you to help!

Five partial lines from the register, showing the date of issue, name, age, nationality, occupation, address, and period of residence in Victoria for Tommy Hoy, Chin Sing Toy, Ah Yen, Ah Wey and Doolah Mahomed
Details from 1933 for Tommy Hoy, Chin Sing Toy, Ah Yen, Ah Way and Doolah Mahomed. Source: NAA: NAA: B6003, 3

Launch event during Australian Heritage Festival

Join us on Sunday, 5 May 2019 to launch this project. Bring your laptop or tablet to the Chinese Museum in Melbourne and help us to transcribe the key details from these three registers using our specially designed online system.

The day will include two specialist talks.

  • Tips for undertaking Chinese Australian family history.
  • The historical significance of these registers.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the Chinese Museum’s five floors of displays about the history and heritage of the Chinese in Australia.

Sunday, 5 May 2019
10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Chinese Museum
22 Cohen Place,
Melbourne, Victoria
Australia [Map]

Entry by ticket to the museum ($11 / $9).

This event is kindly supported by the Chinese Museum.

What will I do on the day?
You will be assigned some documents to transcribe and transfer to an online database. On the day, you will provided with all the training to help you with this task. We need people who can enter information into a computer and people who can read old style handwriting.
  • If you have both skills, we need you
  • If you are comfortable with computers but have little experience reading old script, we need you.
  • If you can read old script but don’t like computers, we still need you.
We will be helping each other as much as possible.

For further information and to register your interest contact our Secretary: [email protected].

Can’t join us on the day? No problem! Please send an email to [email protected] to register and we’ll send you a login. You can log in online and help create the index either on the launch day or afterwards. We will post updates on our website and Facebook page.

Rows 44 - 86, page 2 of register 3, showing details for 1933
Rows 44 – 86, page 2 of register 3, showing details for 1933. Help us unlock these registers. Source: NAA: B6003, 3

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