We are planning a significant new museum – the Museum of Chinese in Australia (MOCA) – to open in Sydney in 2020/21. We need assistance raising funds for the development and establishment of this important institution.
Establishing a centre as a focus for the discovery, preservation and promotion of the history of the Chinese in Australia, in a dedicated museum space preferably in the Haymarket district of Sydney, the city’s oldest surviving, and largest, Chinatown is our goal. MOCA will work collaboratively with Australia’s existing history and community museums, particularly museums of Chinese Australians in other states.
Once established, MOCA will commence a rotating exhibition programme, with a dedicated gallery space and additional activations across the venue. MOCA will offer a diverse programme of events, talks and performances open to all, as well as community spaces, a Library and Study Centre, a Museum cafe and a contemporary art programme.
MOCA seeks support for the founding and development of this nationally important undertaking.
The Museum will:
• Collect, study, research, conserve, display and interpret the history, heritage and material culture of the Chinese in Australia.
• Make this accessible to the Australian public.
• Recognise the role and importance of oral history in capturing the cultural story of Chinese settlers and their descendants, understanding their difficulties, contributions and achievements and the effects on family life.
• Identify, record, and lobby for the preservation of important cultural sites, buildings, archives and objects relevant to Chinese settlers in the past and in recent times.
• Promote and support curriculum-based education and other educational activities including exhibitions, publications, grants and other forms of assistance.
• Work with others in the study of Chinese communities throughout the world.
From the first recorded Chinese free settler who arrived in New South Wales in 1818, the number of Chinese in Australia has grown to become a major part of modern multicultural Australia. Two hundred years from that first settler, there are more than 1.2 million Chinese Australians – Australia-born, China-born, and from every part of Asia and the world where Chinese people have settled over the last several centuries. Theirs is a remarkable story in the history, settlement and makeup of Australia, but it has no central repository or permanent display in Sydney or New South Wales.
In the near term, with the passing of generations and the potential loss of personal papers and other records, there is a measure of urgency to the commencement of this project.
We need assistance raising crucial funds for the development and establishment of this important institution.