Our Chinese soldiers

Published on 26 June 2018


The Burke Museum in Beechworth is hosting a travelling exhibition from the Chinese Museum, titled Chinese Anzacs and Chinese Australians During the World Wars.

This exhibition will be at the Burke Museum from Sunday 1 July to Friday 20 July 2018.

The exhibition consists of eight panels describing the experiences of Chinese Australian soldiers and citizens during two World Wars.

It features Richard Wesley Wong, a Beechworth soldier who died in France in 1917. Richard's WWI memorial coin and photograph were recently donated to the Burke Museum by the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Museum, and will be displayed alongside the panels.

Richard joined the AIF in 1916 aged 27. His brother William was rejected from the Army because he was "not substantially of European origin". Richard was sent to France in early 1917, and two months later was killed during a German artillery bombardment.

The memorial coin was given to Richard's mother Emma Jane Wong, of Stanley Road Beechworth. It was most recently held by the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Museum and was donated to the Burke Museum as a significant piece of Beechworth history.

"This is an important donation for the Burke Museum, and we're honoured to be able to display it alongside the Chinese Museum's exhibition," the manager of the Burke Museum, Cameron Auty, said.

"Beechworth's Chinese history from the gold rush to today is one of the town's most significant stories, and this donation and exhibition are exciting events for the Burke Museum".

Caption: WWI memorial coin.


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