School of Arts

Yvonne Horsfield

CRCAH student

A Ballarat Chinese family history: an intergenerational study


A case study of a Ballarat Chinese family over three generations. It examines the different ways in which members of each generation strove to gain a true sense of cultural ‘belonging’. A comparison with other Ballarat Chinese families of mixed descent is to be made in order to establish patterns of assimilation and survival.

A final comparison will be made to establish differences in cultural identification between Ballarat and Bendigo Chinese communities.


Trained primary teacher, upgraded qualifications to secondary, with experience in both. Spent 12 years as Education Officer at Sovereign Hill, a short period in secondary schools, followed by 11 years as Education Officer at Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. Final 11 years teaching Italian Lote followed by retirement.


St. Brigid's School Ballan: A Short History, St Brigid's School, Ballan, 2010

"Silver threads among the gold", 25th Anniversary of the Sovereign Hill School, Sovereign Hill Goldmining Museum, Ballarat, 2004

"A Lotta Lote Kit", Language resource kit in Italian, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese and German, DEET Project Grant, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, 2001

"Motif and meaning: Aboriginal influences in Australian art", Education Kit, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, 1999

"Eureka: the first Australian Republic?", Resource Kit, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Public Records Office, Ballarat, 1997

"Regional revelations: the road to discovery" INTERACTA: Journal of the Art Craft Teachers' Association, Victoria, 1997

article in Sadler, Tony & Morris, Beryl (eds.) Museum educators think aloud on educational philosophy, Quoll Enterprises, Seaton, SA, 1989


Golden Dragon Conference, Bendigo 2017.

AHA Conference, Newcastle 2017.

Golden Dragon Museum Conference, Sovereign Hill

Italian Lote Conferences, 2000-2011

Museum Education Conferences attended 1979-2003