Secrets, Silences and Sources: Five Chinese-Australian Family Histories

S. Couchman (ed), Asian Studies, La Trobe University research monograph series, Bundoora, Vic, 2005.

Secrets, Silences and Sources tells the stories of a range of Chinese immigrants who established families and made homes in nineteenth-century Australia. Chapters touch on notions of identity, family secrets and the pain of exclusion. These personal histories are told by members of the Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria (CAFHOV). Contributors also share the resources they drew on to construct these stories in the hope that this will inspire others in their research. Copies of the book can be obtained by mail order using the form below for A$15 plus postage and handling.

Table of Contents
Introduction – Sophie Couchman
1. Chinese-Australian history vs huaqiao history: Chinese in north Queensland – Kevin Wong Hoy
2. Unfolding the silence: James Lee Wah (1832 – 1909): Chinese goldfields miner and Anglican missionary – Chris Lee
3. The wives of Hin Yung and Ah Whay: A goldfields story in the making – Robyn Ansell
4. History, heritage and identity – James Twycross
5. Chinese-Australian family photographs: Tong family networks revealed through the camera’s lens – Sophie Couchman

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