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Start your Chinese Family Search at the State Library of...

Start your Chinese Family Search at the State Library of NSW



One in ten Sydneysiders claims Chinese ancestry. Do you have a Chinese ancestor? Are you interested in undertaking a search for your Chinese ancestors? Thus come to visit the State Library of NSW.

One of the State Library’s mission is to collect and preserve materials covering all aspects of Australian life, with a focus on New South Wales. In the Mitchell Library collections, there are a number of materials covering Chinese Australian affairs well belong the boarders of New South Wales and being among the best its kind in libraries across the world.

Chinese Australians: A Guide to Holdings in the Mitchell library (ML Ref 1/994.00495/6) is an outcome of the Chinese Heritage project, a collaborative project involving La Trobe University, the Museum of Chinese Australian History, Melbourne and the East China Normal University, Shanghai. It describes the different formats of items, such as manuscripts, pictures, Pamphlets and so on, relating to Chinese in Australia as listed in the various catalogues at the Mitchell Library. The guide is divided into the following 10 sections with an index to entries:

1. Personal papers & Biography

2. Community publications & correspondence

3. Chinese language & other non-English materials

4. Government materials

5. Book, pamphlets, magazines, journals

6. Newspapers & newspaper cuttings

7. Illustrative materials – General

8. Illustrative materials – pictorial

9. Manuscripts collections

10. Religious interests

The Library holds several copies of this guide. One of them is located in the Australian Reference Collection in the Mitchell Reading Room at the call number ML Ref 1/994.00495/6.