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Chinese Roots

By Yvonne Horsfield - ISBN: 9781922851758

RRP: $26.95

Chinese Roots
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Yvonne is a retired teacher with extensive specialized experience as an educator, working with visiting schools at Sovereign Hill Goldmining Township and the Art Gallery of Ballarat over the past 22 years. She has written several storybooks for children and conducted Book Week sessions in Ballarat regional schools over recent years. Following the completion of a PhD researching her own family’s Ballarat Chinese connections, she has written the biographical account Chinese Roots of the Tong Way family from the first goldfield immigrant in 1882 to the 1950s.

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Chinese Roots

By Yvonne Horsfield - ISBN: 9781922851758

RRP: $26.95

A biographical account of the well-known Ballarat Tong Way family from 1863 onward...

Striving to become accepted, this account is filled with the historical impacts of a family looking to find a home while they deal with the battles of religion and the introduction of the White Australia Policy.

Chinese Roots is an honest and at times confronting telling of the challenges that each generation was faced with, laced with real world impacts of Australian and global history from the 1900s to the modern day.

Australia has been built on the histories of all the people it has raised on its soil… This is one story that matters also.

“A moving and real slice of history told from Yvonne's unique perspective… Wonderful work and such authenticity in the narrative voice of the author…” Simone, Indie Books reviewer


23VICHIS - Chinese Roots NIB 2023 - Chinese Roots NSW History Awards - Chinese Roots


We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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