There is a growing interest in China and the history and heritage of the Chinese in Australia. The museum responds to research enquiries as promptly as possible but due to limited staffing, there may be delays in doing so. We thank you in advance for your patience.  

For general advice on researching Chinese in Australia, please refer to our Guide to Chinese-Australian Family Research. We encourage those undertaking family histories to contact one of the Chinese-Australian family history groups around Australia. Details of these groups are in also listed in the Guide.

In Melbourne, the Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria (www.cafhov.com) meets once a month at the Chinese Museum. The group provides an opportunity for individuals researching their family histories (or those of others) to meet, share their research, and exchange tips and suggestions. To attend the meeting as a guest, please contact the CAFHOV Secretary at [email protected] 

Please note that the Chinese Museum does not offer valuation or translation services, nor do we offer advice on the identification of Chinese antiques. You can find a translator via the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (www.naati.com.au). The Australian Government maintains an updated list of approved valuers with expertise in Asian artefacts on its website. Please click this link to access the list: https://www.arts.gov.au/documents/list-approved-valuers-cultural-gifts-program

Below are the Chinese Museum’s Research Guides:


Research queries should be sent via email to our Curator ([email protected]) or through post (Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia).