History Resources

Cairns Chinatown: A heritage Study, Sandi Robb, published 2012 by CADCAI 

Grafton Street, Cairns was the historical site for Cairns Chinatown - the largest and longest running Chinese community outside Brisbane from the 1880s until the mid 1940s. Supporting a diverse population of Chinese settlers, entrepreneur’s, women and families, this book sets out to explore the history and heritage of Chinese settlers in a prominent North Queensland town.


Book : $45.00 + $4.50 GST  plus postage.

(CADCAI members receive 10% discount) 

Australia’s Long March: The Exhibition

Chinese immigrants who trekked overland from the Northern Territory to Australia’s east coast in the late nineteenth century faced incredible hardships and dangers. At the border with Queensland the faced the added risk of being imprisoned as illegal immigrants and deportation.

Australia’s Long March: The exhibition is presented as a summary both of this unwritten phase of our past and as an accompaniment to the fourteen panel travelling exhibition that highlights the experiences of some of those travellers and of the Police who administered the legislation that was the foundation of the ‘White Australia Policy’ of the twentieth century. 

The 20 page book is copiously illustrated in colour and black and white.
Cost is $15.00 plus postage ($2 in Australia).

The exhibition is available for hire as hanging scrolls (suitable for wall hanging) or as standalone rigid panels from Write Shutter, PO Box 1748, Atherton, Qld 4883. Ph 0419 677 022. 

North of Capricorn 
Film inspired by Henry Reynold's book, "North of Capricorn"

"The story of "North of Capricorn" is a fresh story of northern Australia, where history and the arts have a vigour of their own. " - Michael Cathcart, historian 

The people of Australia's deep north have lived in a multi-racial frontier society, long  before the south accepted non-Anglo migrants. The tropical north has different ancestors, architecture, music, fashions, food, vegetation and work ethics and has cultural ties with Asia/Pacific. Today's descendants revel in their difference,  and celebrate being part of the Asian century. -Smith Street Films

Film features CADCAI community activites including the Chinese New Year Festival and an exhibiton of Lit Sung Goong temple artefacts at the Cairns Regional Gallery 

Cost: $16.50 (inclusive of GST) Plus postage 
Available from CADCAI


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