About the Museum of Chinese in Australia

The Museum of Chinese in Australia (MOCA) will be housed in the former Haymarket Library, at 744 George Street, Sydney, Australia. The Museum will act as a community hub, with the sole purpose to collect, study, research, conserve, display and interpret the history, heritage and material culture of the Chinese in Australia. The museum will play an important role in promoting and educating the story of Chinese settlers and their descendants for future generations.

The Museum of Chinese in Australia (MOCA) will create a centre for discovery, preservation and promotion of the story of the Chinese in Australia, in a dedicated community space in the Haymarket district of Sydney, the city’s oldest surviving, and largest, Chinatown. Source: City of Sydney

Announcement from Mayor of the City of Sydney, Clover Moore

At the moment, it’s just an empty sandstone building – but soon it will be the Museum of Chinese in Australia! MOCA will feature a gallery and exhibition space, programming activities, community spaces for meetings and events, an artist in residence program, a cafe and shop. It was a pleasure to walk through the old Haymarket Library building with MOCA President Dr John Yu. I can’t wait to see how they transform the site!

The Story of Chinese in Australia

From the first recorded Chinese free settler who arrived in New South Wales in 1818, the Chinese in Australia have become a major part of modern multicultural Australia.

Two hundred years on from the first settler, there are now more than 1.2 million Chinese Australians – Australia-born, China-born, and from every corner of the globe where Chinese people have settled. Theirs is a remarkable story in the history, settlement and cultural fabric of Australia. It now has a permanent home in Sydney.

“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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