For the Chinese, honouring our ancestors is a duty, a passion, a belief and a commitment. It was with great determination, then, that in the 1990's, the Chung Wah Society undertook a project which today stands proudly at the Society's headquarters - the Northern Territory Chinese Museum.
Born from the Chinatown '42 display which was put together as part of the Bombing of Darwin, 50th Commemorative Year, the Chinese Museum is packed with material documenting the lives and times of Darwin Chinese through the years. Small but well-appointed, the Museum is a tribute to our ancestors and contains many colourful insights. Elements of it featured in the 1996 Museum and Art Gallery of the Norther Territory display, Sweet and Sour. Personal histories, family trees, prominent Chinese citizen, pay tribute to the contributions made in the past to Darwin society.
A model of the old Chinatown allows the visitor to visualise that bustling street in the early days. And the history of the painstakingly hand crafted silk banner presented to William G Stretton in 1913 demonstrates the Chinese connection with the officials of the time. Photographs of times past are dotted throughout the Museum, depicitng the business, social, religious and cultural elements of Darwin Chinese.
This fascinating journey of Darwin through the eyes of its Chinese inhabitants is proudly available for all to see and experience. We invite you to come and spend some time in the Chinese Museum - a tribute to our ancestors and the many who helped build Darwin's multicultural society.