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Chinese Culture in the Top End

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Published November 12th 2018
The histories that shape the future
The presence of Chinese people in the Top End has been recorded since the late 1800s. Chinese people had been living in the Top End as mining workers or railway construction workers from Port Darwin (now Palmerston) to Pine Creek.

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Lion Dance


The history of Chinese people in the Top End and their contribution is showcased at NT Chinese Museum, located on 25 Woods Street Darwin City. At this museum, you can see some archival photographs, historical texts and stories, and collections of interesting memorabilia.

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Inside the Chinese Temple on Woods Street


A 3D map in the middle of the museum also shows buildings around CBD before the bombing of Darwin during WWII. Some cultural walking tours also reveal the untold stories of the Chinese people in early settlement.

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Chinatown map in the olden days


The Chinese workmen built several historical buildings that can still be seen today, such as the Old Town Hall and the Minning Exchange Building, which is now Brown's Mart.

Chinese Temple on 25 Woods Street was also built by Chinese workmen. This Chinese Temple is also a home to The Chung Wah Society, an association that aims to promote harmony and goodwill between Chinese residents in the NT and people of other nationalities.

Darwin Chinese Memorial Cemetery on 42 Flinders Drive Stuart Park also holds a living history of past, present and future Chinese people in the Top End. Some prominent Chinese people and children of prominent people at that time are buried in this old cemetery.


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