The Chungking Legation

chungkingexhibitionFoyer, R.G. Casey Building, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, John McEwen Crescent, Barton, Canberra
9am to 5pm Monday to Friday until 20 January 2016

The Chungking Legation: Australia’s diplomatic mission in wartime China exhibition is now open to the public at DFAT’s Canberra headquarters.

The exhibition tells the story of the work and people of Australia’s diplomatic mission to China’s then capital Chungking (now Chongqing) between 1941 and 1946.

Highlights include the little known stories of Australia’s “Tulip Force” soldiers, who served in China during the Second World War, and Charles Lee, Australia’s first Chinese-Australian diplomat. The exhibition brings together new research and materials never before seen in both Australia and China.

First opened by Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove at the old Legation building during a state visit to Chongqing on 29 March 2015, the exhibition has since toured southwest China where it continues to draw large crowds.

The exhibition can be viewed at the R.G. Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent, Barton from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday until 20 January 2016. It will travel to the Chinese Museum in Melbourne later in the year.

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