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Darwin Chinese Memorial Cemetery

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Published October 12th 2017
Darwin Chinese Memorial Cemetery is located on 42 Flinders Drive Stuart Park. This cemetery is administered by the Chung Wah Society.

Darwin Chinese Memorial Cemetary, Darwin, Chinese, cemetary


I could only see around 11 graves inside this cemetery complex. One was quite big and had a shrine. Some of the headstones had Chinese writing on them and a couple of tombstones were missing bricks. But I could see some graves were visited recently as they had dried flowers on them.

Darwin Chinese Memorial Cemetary, Darwin, Chinese, cemetary
A big white shrine


Darwin Chinese Memorial Cemetary, Darwin, Chinese, cemetary
Dry flower on the grave


There is a Chinese funerary burner in the middle of this cemetery. Some bricks of the funerary burner are tied up together with a thin piece of metal to make sure the bricks stay in place. This funerary burner serves as a safe place for the ritualised burning of spiritual tributes. This procession is essentially a gateway to the "other world", where material goods (usually in paper form) transcend to the next world. The traditional offering is paper money.

Darwin Chinese Memorial Cemetary, Darwin, Chinese, cemetary
Funerary Burner


From the name that was written on the tombstones, we can learn and find out more about the Chinese settlement in Darwin in the early days. One of the tombstones was for in memory of Bella (Keng Bo) Chin, a beloved daughter of Loong Tang Chin. Loong Tang Chin was a well-known Darwin businessman who operated the 'squash' or cool drink shop in Cavenagh Street Darwin. This shop sold a very popular non-alcoholic Hop Beer brewed in Darwin by the family.

Another tombstone belonged to George Que Noy, who was a son of the late Lim See Que Noy. It is believed that the Que Noy family ran a carrier business in Darwin in the early twentieth century. There is also a tombstone for Chin Pak Cheong, a businessman and his company, Wing Hing Cheong & Co, was located in Cavenagh Street, Darwin.

Darwin Chinese Memorial Cemetary, Darwin, Chinese, cemetary


There are more interesting facts about Darwin Chinese Memorial Cemetery to explore. You can find more information about the Chinese settlers in early days at the Top End from website or visit the The NT Chinese Museum.

Darwin Chinese Memorial Cemetary, Darwin, Chinese, cemetary


Darwin Chinese Memorial Cemetary, Darwin, Chinese, cemetary
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