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The monument commemorates the sacrifice made by Chinese men and women who served in the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved.

Chinese Australians made significant contributions during the Boer War, World War One, World War Two, the conflict in Malaya, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and other conflicts.

When war came to Australia with the bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942, many Chinese Australians witnessed the destruction. As the enemy moved closer to north Australia, Chinese Australians helped build airstrips and fortify beaches, supplied food, transmitted coded messages and maintained amphibious vehicles to repel a possible invasion. Overseas, they served on the front line, on land, sea and in the air.

In 1942, in Cairns, Thomas Tung Yep was one of the Chinese boys accepted as air crew by the Royal Australian Air Force.  The participants have not been limited to fighting men. Australian nurses of Chinese ancestry have also served.


Address:Dixon Street, Chinese Gardens, Darling Harbour, 2000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.876203
Long: 151.20379
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Monument Designer:Peter McGregor


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 18th February, 2004
Front Inscription

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Australian Chinese Ex Services Monument

Their service our heritage

Plaque :

Australian Chinese Ex Services
National Reunion

Thomas Cheong   RAAF  President
Robert Leedow     ARMY  Vice President
Leslie Kum Jew    RAAF   Hon Secretary
Colin Young          ARMY  Hon Treasurer

Patron & Chairman of Project Committee
Honourable Henry Tsang OAM MLC

Left Side Inscription

Their Service.  Our Heritage

On this Remembrance Day, 11 November 2002, this site was dedicated by the NSW Government for a monument to Australians of Chinese heritage who served with pride, courage and distinction in the Australian Defence Forces and Merchant Navy during the Boer War, WWI, WWII, in Malaya, Korea and Vietnam, and those serving today.

Honourable Dr Andrew Refshauge MP Deputy Premier Minister for Planning  Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Minister for Housing

Honourable Henry Tsang OAM MLC Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier

Gerry Gleeson AC  Chairman Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.

Back Inscription

Australian Chinese Ex-Services Monument

The Australian Chinese Ex-Services Monument was unveiled on 14 March 2003 by the Honourable Bob Carr MP Premier of New South Wales
Minister for the Arts and Minister for Citizenship i
n recognition of the commitment to the nation of Australians of Chinese heritage.

The monument was initiated by the Australian Chinese Ex-Services National Reunion
Thomas Cheong  FCPA      President

Robert Leedow     RFD ED JP Vice President

Leslie Kum Jew                   Hon Secretary
Colin Young  JP                  Hon Treasurer

McGregor Westlake Architecture in association with Paul White
Partridge Partners Engineering
Tsang & Lee Architects

The Australian Chinese Ex-Services Monument is designed as a sculptural urban marker comprising 380 light rods which spiral 230 degrees around a central column.  The circular geometry echoes the belief in Chinese culture that death does not terminate the relationships of reciprocity. The light rods represent remembered soldiers and recall candles which are lit during the ceremony of universal salvation.

The monument is a tribute to the commitment and contribution of Australian Chinese Ex-Services to the nation.  It was made possible with the support of the Commonwealth and New South Wales governments, and the generosity of the community.

Corporate Sponsors
The Chinese Cultural Club Ltd    Mandarin Club Ltd
Lions Club of Sydney Pacific Inc.  Star City Pty Ltd
Tiy Loy & Co Pty Lyd   Metroland Australia Ltd
Council of the City of Sydney
Southern Cross Hotel Group


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