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A monument commemorates the sacrifice made by Chinese men and women who served Australia in all conflicts.
Chinese Australians made significant contributions during the Boer War, the First World War, the Second World War, 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 RAAF. The participants have not been limited to fighting men. Australian nurses of Chinese ancestry have served wherever our brave nurses have done their wonderful work.
|Address:||Dixon Street, Chinese Gardens, Darling Harbour, 2000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.876203|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Monument Designer:||Peter McGregor|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Wednesday 18th February, 2004|
[ Names ]
AUSTRALIAN CHINESE EX SERVICES MONUMENT
THEIR SERVICE. OUR HERITAGE
Australian Chinese Ex Services
Thomas Cheong RAAF President
Robert Leedow ARMY Vice President
Leslie Kum Jew RAAF Hon Secretary
Colin Young ARMY Hon Treasurer
Patron & Chairman Of
Honourable Henry Tsang OAM MLC
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
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.
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
In recognition of the commitment
to the nation of Australians of
The monument was initiated by the
Australian Chinese Ex-Services
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.
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