MOCA is a space to explore and better understand the history of Chinese in Australian. Telling the stories of past, present and future generations of Chinese Australians, we are a centre for research, preservation, and exchange; ensuring a greater understanding as to the importance of these stories within the overarching narrative of Australian society.

The Museum of Chinese in Australia (MOCA) is located in the historic Haymarket Library building at 744 George Street within Sydney’s Chinatown precinct.

The Story of Chinese in Australia

From the first recorded Chinese free settler who arrived in New South Wales in 1818, the number of Chinese in Australia has grown to become a major part of modern multicultural Australia. Two hundred years on from that first settler, there are now more than 1.2 million Chinese Australians – Australia-born, China-born, and from every part of Asia and the world where Chinese people have settled over the last several centuries. Theirs is a remarkable story in the history, settlement, and makeup of Australia, one which is the focus of MOCA’s programs and services.

“We are very excited to have a space for our community to share our history which is not widely known. Chinese people in Australia have been construed in many different ways in the Australian narrative, and a lot has been said about us. This space gives us an opportunity to tell our own story, in our own way.” — Dr John Yu AC, Australian of the Year (1996) & MOCA President


The Museum is currently seeking Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Status so that all future donations may be tax deductible.

Non Tax Deductible Donations:

Please make cheques payable to Museum of Chinese in Australia Limited and mail to:
Museum of Chinese in Australia
PO Box K740, Haymarket NSW 1240

Direct Deposit:
BSB: 012-071 (ANZ Bank)
Account number: 640 630 983

Tax Deductible Donations:

You can make a tax deductible donation online via our Australian Cultural Fund campaign. Please click on the link below:

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