Posted on 30. Aug, 2010 in Victoria

Victorians once again have access to priceless relics and artefacts chronicling the history of Chinese migration in Victoria with the re-opening of the Chinese Museum in Melbourne today.

The Premier of Victoria, John Brumby, re-opened the refurbished Chinese Museum in Cohen Place in the heart of Chinatown, which has been backed by $1.2 million from the Victorian Government for a significant redevelopment.

Mr Brumby said the Chinese community was long-established in Victoria and preserving its history and culture was vital for future generations.

“Chinatown is a living tribute to Chinese culture, to art and language, to its food and architecture and is a big part of what makes Melbourne such a great city,” Mr Brumby said.

“On any given day you can see people enjoying the many attractions in the area and the refurbished Chinese Museum will further position Chinatown as a major cultural and tourist hub.

“That’s why our Government has provided support for this important project – we want to ensure that the history and experience of our Chinese community here in Victoria is accessible to all Victorians and to visitors to our State.

“The Chinese Museum is an invaluable resource for younger generations to have an opportunity to experience the richness of Chinese heritage and culture and appreciate the importance of migration.”

Improvements to the Museum include the installation of air conditioning to create a comfortable environment for visitors and preserve the collection.

In addition, the existing community room has been upgraded and now includes the use of a kitchen facility for visitors.  An interactive exhibition called Bridge of Memories, has also been established, which tells the stories of Chinese migrants in Australia since the 1950s.

The Victorian Government’s $1.2 million in funding is from the Cultural Precincts Enhancement Fund, a $10 million partnership between the Victorian Government, City of Melbourne and the Chinese, Italian and Greek communities, to revitalise Melbourne’s well-established and popular cultural precincts – Lygon Street, Little Bourke Street and Lonsdale Street.

In Little Bourke Street, a number of streetscape improvements, delivered by the City of Melbourne with the support of the Victorian Government, have already been launched as part of this initiative, including:

  • The new themed lighting markers at the corner of Spring and Little Bourke Streets; and
  • Two refurbished archways and suspended lighting between Exhibition and Russell Streets.

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