Chinese Anzac: Benjamin ‘Ben’ Moy Ling
Benjamin Moy Ling's enlistment portrait
Photographer unknown, 1917
From the private collection of Christopher Shai-Hee and Serena Cheung
Permission granted for use in association with the Chinese ANZACs exhibition.Copyright
Private collection of Christopher Shai-Hee and Serena Cheung
Benjamin Moy Ling was one of over two hundred Chinese Australians who enlisted to fight in World War One. His sentiment that “If Australia is good enough to live in, it is good enough to fight for” typifies the attitudes of many Chinese Anzacs who despite experiences of prejudice, saw their contribution to the Australian Imperial Forces as a commitment to their Australian home and identity.
Benjamin “Ben” Moy Ling was the son of Rev. James Moy Ling who preached at the Gospel Hall in Little Bourke Street, Melbourne. There is a display featuring artefacts from this church on level three of the Chinese Museum. Ben attended Wesley College and was initially rejected for military service but accepted in 1917. He served with the 60th Battalion and later, the 4th Divisional Signals Company.
Ben returned to his home in Rathdowne Street, North Carlton, Victoria in 1919. He remained a bachelor and was a popular singer who sang for numerous church, charity and collegiate concerts. He performed on 3AR Melbourne, a radio station. In 1932, Ben became a founding member of the Young Chinese League and also served as Vice-President. Family members remember Ben as a gentleman who was articulate and very well presented. He died in 1946 and was buried at the Melbourne General Cemetery.
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.