Chinese Heritage in Young

Reasearching your family history and connections to Young? Ah Geang, Quey, Ah Sing and Seng Chai are names which remain entrenched in the history of early Young as the first freehold title holders of land within the town of Young and surrounding areas. Many people have traced ancestry back to the gold fields of Lambing Flat.


The majority of the Chinese who came to the Lambing Flat goldfields in the 1860s originated from Canton Province, from an area surrounding the Pearl River Delta – the Seiyap 四邑 (four districts of Xinhui, Taishan, Kaiping and Enping) and the Sam Yap (three districts of Nam Hoi, Poon Yee and Soon Tuk).

In the 1901 Census taken on the night of 31 March, 29 Chinese men and 11 Chinese women were recorded as living in the Borough of Young, with seven men living in the surrounding area.

While many Chinese returned to China, there were a significant number who decided to stay on in Australia. Most of these were men, and while some became solitary figures, others married, had their own businesses and raised families here. Their descendants are members of our society today.

People wishing to research their ancestry to Chinese and other nationalites who were on the gold fields may want to contact the Young & District Family History Group. Their research monitors will guide you through the basic steps of researching your ancestry. The Young Family History Group is located behind the Lambing Flat Folk Museum

Physical address

2 Campbell Street, Young NSW

Opening times

Wednesday 10am-230pm & 7pm - 9pm
Saturday 9am - 1pm

Facilities and Features

If you wish to have a morning tea or bring your own lunch they have tea and coffee making facilities available for $1
Toilets are also located on the premises.


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