Written by Jan Ryan


The small number of Chinese gardeners who are etched in our memories are but a modest reminder of the Chinese who worked, died or sojourned in Western Australia in the nineteenth century. Ancestors offers an important understanding of the history of Chinese in Western Australia, where they came from, why they came, and how they lived in the colony.


Western Australian Premier’s Award (Shortlisted 1996)

ISBN 9781863681070 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (205 x 138mm) (Paperback)
Categories History
Award Winning
Pages 192
Publication Year 1995
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Jan Ryan

    Jan Ryan’s interest in overseas Chinese and settler Chinese has led to extensive study and lecturing in China, Hong Kong, England and South Africa. Her work in South Africa explored the place of Chinese and Indian minorities in that country’s recent political and economic shifts. Her special interest in the history of Western Australia’s Chinese community led to her initiation of a collaborative project to establish a monument at the East Perth cemetery, commemorating the significant part played by Chinese pioneers in Western Australian history. Read more