Submitted or in preparation

Book chapter: ‘Example or exception? Ham Hop and the Poon Gooey case’, in Kate Bagnall and Julia Martínez (eds), Locating Chinese Women: Historical Mobility Between China and Australia (manuscript in preparation).

Book chapter (with Sophie Couchman): ‘Memory and meaning in the search for Chinese Australian families’, in Kate Darian-Smith and Paula Hamilton (eds), Remembering Migration: Oral Histories and Heritage (manuscript in preparation; invited contribution).

Journal article: ‘Paragraph (m): Chinese wives, migration law and White Australia’ (manuscript in preparation).

Journal article: ‘Chinese women in colonial New South Wales’ (manuscript in preparation).

LODBook: James Minahan’s Homecoming: A Story of Race and Belonging in White Australia.

Edited book (with Julia Martínez): Locating Chinese Women: Historical Mobility Between China and Australia.

Monograph: White Women, Chinese Men: Sex, Love and Race in Colonial New South Wales.


The Chungking Legation: 
Australia’s Diplomatic Mission in Wartime China, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and the Chinese Museum, Canberra and Melbourne, 2015.

(Co-edited with Sophie Couchman) Chinese Australians: Politics, Engagement and Resistance, Brill, Leiden, 2015.

Edited collections

‘Chinese Australians: Politics, engagement and activism’, special issue of the Journal of Chinese Overseas, November 2013 (with Sophie Couchman).

‘Sources, language and approaches in Chinese Australian history’, special issue of Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies, vol. 6, July 2013 (with Sophie Couchman).

Journal articles

Potter v. Minahan: Chinese Australians, the law and belonging in White Australia’, History Australia, vol. 15, no. 3, 2018, pp. 458–74 DOI: 10.1080/14490854.2018.1485503.

‘Landscapes of memory and forgetting: Indigo and Shek Quey Lee’, Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies, vol. 6, July 2013, pp. 7–24 (pdf, 4.4mb).

‘Rewriting the history of Chinese families in nineteenth-century Australia’, Australian Historical Studies, vol. 42, no. 1, March 2011, pp. 62–77.

‘“He would be a Chinese still”: Negotiating boundaries of race, culture and identity in late nineteenth-century Australia’, in Sophie Couchman, John Fitzgerald and Paul Macgregor (eds), After the Rush: Regulation, Participation, and Chinese Communities in Australia 1860–1940 – Otherland Literary Journal, no. 9, 2004, pp. 153–70.

‘“I am nearly heartbroken about him”: Stories of Australian mothers’ separation from their “Chinese” children’, History Australia, vol. 1, no. 1, December 2003, pp. 30–40.

‘Across the threshold: White women and Chinese men in the White colonial imaginary’, Hecate, vol. 28, no. 2, 2002, pp. 9–29.

Book chapters

(with Tim Sherratt): ‘The people inside’, in Kevin Kee and Timothy Compeau (ed.), Seeing the Past: Experiments with Augmented Reality and Computer Vision for History, University of Michigan Press, 2019, DOI: 10.3998/mpub.9964786.

‘Writing home from China: Charles Allen’s transnational childhood’, in Paul Longley Arthur (ed.), Migrant Lives: Australian Culture, Society and Identity, Anthem Press, London, 2018.

‘ “To his home at Jembaicumbene”: Women’s cross-cultural encounters on a colonial goldfield’, in Jacqueline Leckie, Angela McCarthy and Angela Wanhalla (eds), Migrant Cross-Cultural Encounters in Asia and the Pacific, Routledge, Abingdon & New York, 2017.

Anglo-Chinese and the politics of overseas travel from New South Wales, 1898 to 1925’, in Sophie Couchman and Kate Bagnall (eds), Chinese Australians: Politics, Engagement and Resistance, Brill, Leiden, 2015.

‘Crossing oceans and cultures’, in Agnieszka Sobocinska and David Walker (eds.), Australia’s Asia: Reviewing Australia’s Asian Pasts, University of Western Australia Press, 2012.

‘A journey of love: Agnes Breuer’s sojourn in 1930s China’, in Desley Deacon, Penny Russell and Angela Woolacott (eds), Transnational Ties, ANU E Press, Canberra, 2008.

‘Vermin, hot showers and a shortage of trousers: Official visits to wartime internment camps’, in Ilma O’Brien and Mat Trinca (eds), Under Suspicion: Citizenship and Internment in Australia during the Second World War, National Museum of Australia Press, Canberra, 2008.

PhD thesis

Golden shadows on a white land: An exploration of the lives of white women who partnered Chinese men and their children in southern Australia, 1855–1915’, PhD thesis, Department of History, University of Sydney, 2007.

Book reviews

‘A new perspective on Australia and China’ (review of Australians in Shanghai by Sophie Loy-Wilson), History Australia, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 666–67,

Picnics and politics’ (review of Making Chinese Australia: Urban Elites, Newspapers and the Formation of Chinese Australian Identity, 1892–1912 and Unlocking the History of the Australasian Kuo Min Tang, 1911–2013), Inside Story, 24 January 2014, <>.

‘Review of Manying Ip, Being Maori–Chinese: Mixed Identities’, Auckland University Press, for Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, 2008.

Other publications

Chinese Australians in print’, Unbound: The National Library of Australia Magazine, September 2018, <>.

The murderer and the missionary: Gazettes and newspapers in Trove uncover Chinese Australian history‘, Trove blog, 18 January 2018, <>.

Chinese Australians and the Immigration Restriction Act in New South Wales: A guide to finding records, version 1, August 2017.

Early Chinese newspapers in Australia,’ Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies, vol. 7, 2014–2015, pp. 160–65.

‘Women, history and the shifting patterns of Chinese Australian life’, in John Young, Modernity’s End: Half the Sky, exhibition catalogue, Willoughby City Council, March 2016, pp. 14–19.

Early Chinese newspapers’, Trove blog, 19 February 2015, <>.

(with Sophie Couchman) ‘Introduction – Chinese Australians: Politics, engagement and activism’, Journal of Chinese Overseas, vol. 9, no. 2, 2013, pp. 99–106.

The petition of Bah Fook of Sofala, 1866’, Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies, vol. 6, July 2013, pp. 123–26.

‘Invisible Australians‘, Asian Currents (Asian Studies Association of Australia), April–May 2012, pp. 14–15.

‘That famous fighting family’, Inside History, issue 9, March–April 2012, pp. 37–40.

‘L.J. Hooker’s Chinese roots’, Origins (Cairns and District Family History Society Inc.), February 2012, pp. 18–20.

‘Celestials and barbarian girls’, Inside History, issue 5, July–August 2011, pp. 42–44.

Aussie lad or Chinese scholar?’, Memento, issue 38, 2010, pp. 16–18, <>.

‘A legacy of White Australia: Records about Chinese Australians in the National Archives’, paper presented at the Fourth International Conference of Institutes and Libraries for Chinese Overseas Studies, Jinan University, Guangzhou China, National Archives of Australia website, June 2009.

‘Finding Chinese family connections in the National Archives’, Australian Family Tree Connections, August 2005, pp. 25–29.

‘“Repatriated to China June 1914”: How fifty-eight elderly Chinese men found their way home from Darwin’, Journal of Chinese Australia, issue 1, May 2005.

‘The Stretton Chinese banner’, Journal of Chinese Australia, issue 1, May 2005.

‘Digging deep: Sources for Chinese-Australian history in NSW’, Locality, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 4–12.

‘Two languages, two cultures, two homes’, Chinese Heritage of Australian Federation website,