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Welcome to the
Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat
澳中文化社团 - 巴拉瑞特

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The Society was formed in October 2008 in recognition of the changing needs of the Chinese community in Ballarat. In that time the Society has quickly developed strong relationships with the City of Ballarat, Sovereign Hill and Mt Clear College.

There are over 200 members in the Society with 85% being either Chinese or of Chinese descent with the remainder being Australian. Several are fourth generation descendants of Chinese migrants to Ballarat in the 1800s while many have only recently come to Ballarat from overseas.

President Michelle Philips is the first non-Chinese president of the association and is also the first female president. Michelle firmly believes that the society is blessed with both its friends and supporters as we all work towards bridging the cultural gap.

At last count, members come from eight different countries and speak at least 12 different languages. The Society conducts weekly Chinese language lessons and strongly supports the Mt Clear Confucius Classroom. Training is also available in Tai Chi, Chinese folk dancing and Chinese Lion dancing.



2017 Chinese New Year - The Year of the Rooster

Once again we acknowledge the tremendous assistance give by the management of Sovereign Hill as we prepare to celebrate the Year of the Rooster.



This exhibition is a major Australian exhibition exploring stories of early Chinese Australians. Read and observe how, with organisation and sophistication, an incredible spirit of determination along with an ability to integrate into Western society, pioneering Chinese not only survived but actually came to prosper. See how Chinese brought their skills (growing vegetables, business enterprises to mention but a few) to a colony, how their culture enhanced our "young" country and see for yourselves the indignations and racial bias that they had to endure.


Click below to go to the M.A.D.E. site (Museum of Australian Democracy) that is hosting this exhibition.

M.A.D.E. Chinese Fortunes

YEAR OF THE ROOSTER - Celebrations at Sovereign Hill

The Lion Team prepare at the Joss House
[February 2017]

The Joss House Celebration
[February 2017]


The Joss House Celebration
[February 2017]

The Joss House Celebration
[February 2017]



The Dragon, Xin Loong,
particpates in the parade
[February 2017]

One of the Lions greets bystanders
during the parade
[February 2017]



CACSB dancing group (The Happy Birds)
parade in alternative traditional dress
[February 2017]

Xin Loong proved to be VERY popular
with both children and adults
[February 2017]