"If Australia is good enough to live in, it is good enough to fight for" - Benjamin Moy Ling (Chinese Anzac)
When World War One was declared, Australia issued a call to arms. The Chinese-Australian community rallied behind the war efforts. Over two hundred Australians of Chinese descent enlisted. One hundred and seven of these were from Victoria. Of those Chinese Australians who fought, forty-one died. No Chinese-Australian nurses who served in the War have been identified to date.
The story of the Chinese Anzacs is often overlooked in the greater narratives of World War One. Their experiences during and after the war were the subject of the 'Chinese Anzacs' exhibition on display at the Chinese Museum in 2014.
Chinese Anzacs: Making Connections
Searching for Chinese Anzacs
Brothers - but not in arms
Benjamin 'Ben' Moy Ling
Dead Man's Penny
Missing in Action
Henry Langtip's Diary
Chinese Anzacs' Military Honours
The Langtip Brothers
Returning to Civilian Life: Thomas William “Bill” Ah Chow
Chinese-Australians who enlisted in World War I
Story education resources
Education Chinese Anzacs Education Kit
Created by the History Teachers' Association of Victoria and the Chinese Museum, this education resource links to relevant learning outcomes in the year 9 Australian History Curriculum. It contains a range of primary sources including images, objects and documents; interviews with historians, researchers and descendants of Chinese Anzacs; inquiry and research-based activities; and assignment tasks and an assessment rubric.