Sydney’s Chinese Community in The Rocks

This walking tour explores the Chinese community’s historical connections to the Rocks, the city’s oldest neighbourhood and the location of Sydney’s first 'Chinatown'.

From the 1850s The Rocks, particularly George Street with it easy proximity to the wharves, became the first place that many Chinese immigrants sought out temporary accommodation and supplies before heading to the gold fields. Many Chinese businesses were established in the area, and it was  frequented by Chinese hawkers selling vegetables and household goods door to door. The area became known as the Chinese Quarter.  

Join Curator Anna Cossu as we wander through the laneways and streets that were once walked by the Chinese hawkers, and discover the buildings and places where Chinese immigrants established their businesses and homes.

We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and bring a bottle of water.

Anna Cossu’s great passion lies in people and their stories and how museums can best craft an experience that reveals something intrinsic and true of those lives.  As curator of Susannah Place Museum, Anna fell in love with the everyday stories of the people of The Rocks and how their lives echoed similar stories in all of our lives. Anna’s book A place in The Rocks celebrates Sydney’s oldest suburb through the stories of its street life and the residents of Susannah Place.


Bookings essential

General $30
Concession/Member $25

When & Where

Sunday 6 April 2014 10AM–11.30AM

Susannah Place

58–64 Gloucester Street, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000
+612 9241 1893