The Chung Wah Society was established in 1946, a social and sporting club for Darwin's burgeoning Chinese population. Before the Society and prior to World War II, the two main groups serving the Chinese community were the Wah On Society (predecessors to the Chung Wah Society) and the Kuomintang (supporting the Nationalist Party in China).
Members of the Wah On Society maintained the Temple in Woods Street and also opened a hospital for the Chinese Community. Today, the Chung Wah Society is a community-based, non-political organisation which has about 300 members, the majority of whom reside in the Darwin area.
The main aims of the Society are to: promote harmony and goodwill between Chinese residents in the NT and people of other nationalities; promote the general, cultural education, social interests and welfare of its members; and provide and maintain the Chinese Temple as a place of worship.
The Society strives to achieve its aims and objectives through active participation within the wider community. Keen to encourage a broad based membership, the Society arranges and sponsors a number of events and activities including sporting, seniors, youth, cultural, fund-raising, historical and general social activities.
Chung Wah Society Today
The Society's headquarters at Woods Street in Darwin house a fascinating NT Chinese Museum featuring photographic and written histories of the major Darwin Chinese families.
The Temple, also located at the Woods Street address, is a regularly used place of worship for many local Chinese and itself is rich in history. There is also a fully air-conditioned recreation hall which is the venue for functions including quiz nights, birthday parties and sports nights.