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Our lion dancers in Townsville

Our lion dancers in Townsville

What a great weekend for our Lion Dance team! We journeyed all the way to Townsville, spreading joy and excitement to the patrons at Shorehouse on the Strand. If you know anyone who might be interested in joining our spirited group of lions, feel free to contact us.

Tung Yep family visit Cairns

Tung Yep family visit Cairns

It was a pleasure to welcome visitors from England, 4th generation members of Cairns' Tung Yep family – Helen and Andrew, who were in Cairns last week visiting their grandfather Bishop George Tung Yep. We are pleased they took the opportunity to visit the Lit Sung...

Four Generations

Four Generations

In Chinese culture, wishing your elders good luck, health and longevity is a long-held tradition. To have four generations in one family, to become a grandmother and great grandmother and reach the age of one hundred years is truly a blessing.   This remarkable...

Tully celebrations

Tully celebrations

From left: CADCAI Vice President James Sing, President Lai Chu Chan and Benson Tang, who recently sponsored new training T-shirts for our lion team.

Dear Members and Friends,

The Cassowary Coast Council is celebrating a hundred years since my hometown was given the name ‘Tully’ (it was originally established in the 1880s as ‘Banyan’).
Soon after the area was settled, there was a Chinese population of about a thousand, almost all of them market gardeners.

Many of the old Chinese families of Far North Queensland have connections to Tully, including my two families (the Sings and the Gee Kees) as well as other CADCAI families – the Yet Foys, the Lee Longs, and the Kum Yuens (branches of the Wah Days and Tong.

To celebrate Tully’s Centenary, the council will be holding several events throughout the year, including the street parade on Saturday, 8th June, at 9:30am. The purpose of the parade is to celebrate Tully’s rich diversity and its vibrant mix of people, cultures, and history that shaped the town into what it is today.

CADCAI will participating in the parade with our dragon and lion team to represent the Tully Chinese.
After the parade, CADCAI will hold a free barbecue at Alligators Nest. Bring your swimmers (the water will be cold!)
From Cairns we will be car pooling . It takes about 1¾ hours to get to Tully from downtown Cairns.

Because Tully is my hometown, I would like to put on a great show for the Tully folk as many of them are unaware of the history of the Chinese in the area. It would mean a lot to me and my family if we can get as many people participating as possible.

Please let me know if you and any of your family members can participate. PH 0488 288 943 or Email: info@cadcai.org.au. You don’t have to be a lion or dragon dancer to partipate; we have many other roles in the parade.

Thanks
James Sing
CADCAI Vice-President and Lion Team Leader

Celebrating 50 years

Celebrating 50 years

  "Celebrating 50 years of Chinese herbalism with a dose of Aussie humour Former president of CADCAI Ken Wong celebrates his golden jubilee as a Chinese herbalist in Cairns this year. WONG King Shiu (黄競軺), commonly known today as Kenny or Ken, arrived in Cairns from...

More than a Chinese Teacher

More than a Chinese Teacher

Written by Christopher Cheng Since the emergence of local born Chinese (ABCs) in Australia, one of the biggest concerns of their parents was how to pass on the ancestral language and culture to the next generation. Where possible, children were brought back to China...

Lit Sung Goong Drum Conservation

Lit Sung Goong Drum Conservation

OBJECT - T236  Temple Drum, Lit Sung Goong Collection This  wooden drum and detached pig skin was salvaged with other important objects from the Cairns Lit Sung Goong temple in Grafton Street by the Chinese community after the building was sold in 1966. Conservation...

Completion of Lit Sung Gong Lion Mask Preservation

Completion of Lit Sung Gong Lion Mask Preservation

OBJECT T146- Ceremonial Lion Mask, Lit Sung Goong Collection After more than a year away receiving vital conservation treatment, CADCAI's oldest surviving Lion mask has been returned in a happier and stabilised condition. CADCAI is grateful to the COPLAND FOUNDATION...

Lion Tales Project

Lion Tales Project

Lion Tales is a CADCAI art project generously funded by the Flying Arts Regional Alliance to repair, restore and give new life to a set six old Chinese lions which had been used for community performances over many years. To celebrate Chinese New year 2022, an...

Lit Sung Goong Lion Mask Preservation

Lit Sung Goong Lion Mask Preservation

In 2020 CADCAI was grateful to receive a generous grant from the Copeland Foundation to restore our oldest surviving lion mask. The mask is part of the nationally significant Cairns Lit Sung Goong Collection and is the oldest surviving performance lion used by the...

Photo Credit: Neil Mitchell Brierly 1945, Cairns Victory Parade, Grafton St,  Cairns 

Cairns & District Chinese Association Inc

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