Our Aspiration: Honour
the Past, Develop the Future
About the Chinese Heritage Interest Network (CHIN)
The Chinese Heritage Interest Network is a not-for-profit private research group with an interest in the Chinese heritage of regional
Victoria. Our first focus project was researching and documenting
the life and times of the Chinese community of Creswick, Victoria,
Australia (circa 1850 to 1901). However, as might be
expected, our research soon takes us beyond the border of Victoria, and
even overseas, such as the USA and of course China. Working
with the local community our progress is remarkable and results
We continue our work in the development of historical indexes,
tracking local identities and capturing oral histories
associated with the life and times of the Chinese gold miners, market gardeners, farmers, carpenters and the likes.
Hence, we are interested in talking to folks who may help add to our
collection of what is turning out to be a rich tapestry of Chinese
heritage in Australia.
CHIN was founded by Carol Scott, Doug Scott, Mun Chin and Ivy
Chin. The Founders Directors are residents of Victoria, Australia.
The Victoria Gold Fields were often referred
to by the Chinese during the Gold Rush days as "The New Gold
Mountain" -- the "old" Golden Mountain being California,
USA. The Directors and their associates have special
skills and experience in photographic, multi-media, complex historical
searches, Chinese language, in particular Cantonese, Hoisan, Hokien and of
course Mandarin. In addition, the Directors have direct connections
with Chinese Heritage Organisations in China, USA and other countries in
A member of the Director has convict stock, while
another Director is of the 27th Generation of a Chinese pioneer who
himself is a descendent of a Royal Potter from the Hebei Province,
People's Republic of China.