Management Committee


Grace Gassin's doctoral research centred on young Chinese Australians' memories of their participation in Chinese community life in Sydney and Melbourne. In 2014, she produced the ABC Radio National feature 'Dancing with Dragons: Chinese Debutante Balls', based on an aspect of this research. She is currently working at the University of Melbourne's Asia Institute and Monash Asia Institute on a range of projects, including a history of Chinese Studies at the University of Melbourne. Grace is a current member of the Australian Historical Association and Asian Australian Research Studies Network, and is the President of the Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria.


Dr Karen Schamberger researches and writes about Australian museums and cultural diversity. Her thesis Identity, belonging and cultural diversity in Australian museums examined the way that objects mediate relations between people of culturally diverse backgrounds in Australian history and the way that museums have used these objects in processes of inclusion and exclusion in Australian society. She has previously worked in curatorial positions at the Immigration Museum, Melbourne and the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. She has a particular interest in Chinese Australian, migration and transnational histories as well as material culture and heritage.


Paul Macgregor, historian and heritage consultant, is Secretary of The Uncovered Past Institute, which undertakes archaeological excavations with public participation. He was Curator of Melbourne’s Chinese Museum from 1990 to 2005, and has published widely, organised many conferences and exhibitions, and worked on several major research projects, all on Chinese Australian history. He is currently researching Chinese economic activity in Australia, and the material culture heritage of Chinese Australians, as part of a wider investigation of the nineteenth and early twentieth century co-evolution of European and Asian societies in Australasia, China, Southeast Asia, North America and the Pacific/Indian Ocean worlds.

Dr Alanna Kamp, BA BSc (UNSW), PhD (WSU), is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University. Her doctoral research was completed in 2014 and was focused on the experiences of belonging and exclusion of female Chinese Australians in the White Australia Policy period. As an historical and cultural geographer, Alanna is interested in feminist and postcolonial understandings of the migrant experience and attitudes to immigration in Australia. She is particularly interested in the ways in which historical geographies of migrant experience have contemporary relevance and shape current community experiences and identities.

Nadia Rhook lectures and researches history at La Trobe University, on Wurundjeri land. Her research is much inspired by her background in ESL teaching, and in 2016 she curated the City of Melbourne heritage exhibition 'Moving Tongues: language and migration in 1890s Melbourne'. She’s published in international and local journals including Postcolonial Studies and Peril Magazine. Currently, Nadia's writing a book about the politics of language and Chinese and South Asian migration in colonial Melbourne, forthcoming 2018, and researching political histories of Chinese herbalists on the Goldfields.

Sandi Robb is a historian and cultural heritage consultant who specializes in Queensland's Chinese family history, cultural heritage management, collection management and interpretive projects. As a PhD candidate at James Cook University, she is researching and writing her thesis on Chinese Families in North Queensland. Sandi has presented at various conferences and has published Cairns Chinatown: A Heritage Study as well as articles in books and journals. Sandi is a founding member and current president of the Chinese Heritage in Northern Australia Inc. (CHINA INC); an organisation committed to researching and promoting Queensland’s Chinese history and cultural heritage. She is based in Townsville.
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