Major Sponsor

A community project of the century sponsored by the NSW Government.


The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Former Premier of NSW

This book brings to life the many achievements of early Chinese settlers in Australia from 1818. Readers can also learn about lesser-known migrants who have woven their achievements into the fabric of Australian life over the past 200 years. Their efforts have enriched our society and contributed to our harmonious multicultural state.

The Hon Ros Spence MP, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Victoria

The Comprehensive Chinese Australian History provides a detailed account of the significant role that Chinese Australians have played throughout Victorian and Australian history, and the many accomplishments of Chinese Australians. Every day, in every corner of our state, and across business, education, politics and culture, Chinese Victorians play an important role in making our state stronger, fairer and more prosperous.

The Hon Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria

This book is a rich history of the many and lasting contributions made by Chinese people in Australia, from their first settlement over two centuries ago. This publication is a part of that proud legacy, highlighting the many ways in which our Chinese communities have influenced our state and nation.

The Hon Zed Seselija, Former Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs

Not since Eric Roll’s book Sojourners: Flowers and the Wide Sea, published in 1992, have we had such a comprehensive view of China’s centuries-old relationship with Australia. Chinese have been trading with and migrating to Australia since the early 1700s.