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Harvest of Endurance

  • National Museum of Australia Lawson Crescent Acton, ACT, 2601 Australia (map)

In association with the National Museum of Australia

Harvest of Endurance

A Scroll and a Concert

The Harvest of Endurance is a 50-metre scroll held by the NMA since 1992. Painted in the traditional gong bi style, its 18 panels depict survival and resourcefulness across two centuries of Chinese settlement in Australia. This occasion marks a unique opportunity to view the scroll and hear 18 compositions especially composed, with narration by William Yang.


Before the gold rush - Chinese workers: Robert Davidson (b. 1962), Harvest

Australian gold rush - Chinese miners: Nicholas Ng, Gold Rush  (WP)

Anti-Chinese violence - Lambing Flat riots: Vincent Plush, The Riots at Lambing Flat

The rise of merchants - Market gardens and musicians: Anne Boyd, Market Gardens and Musicians

A safe haven - Isolated and homesick: Ruth Lee Martin, The Return of Cheng Ho Sixth Voyage on a text by Alan Gould, and Elena Kats-Chernin, Isolated and Homesick

The strength of traditions - Religion: Larry Sitsky, The Blind Musician - from the Chinese Book of Songs

Opium – Revolution in China: Stephen Cronin, Opium

The People’s Republic of China – The Melbourne Olympics: Elena Kats-Chernin, The Melbourne Olympics: Posting a letter of peace   

The Second World War – The war effort: Paul Jarman, Drinking alone under the moon  (WP) after a poem by Li Bai, 8th cent Tang Dynasty

Invasion – the support effort: Gerard Brophy, Sostenuto

Vendors and cooks – Laundries and factories: Erik Griswold, You Goa - based on a traditional Sichuan Street song

Professions – Rising to the top: Gerardo Dirié, Awash

Republican victory – Healing the sick: Kim Cunio, Summons of the Soul - on a text attributed to Song Yu ca. 260 BE

Developing the North – Riverboat trade: Stephen Leek, Murray Boat Song

The Colombo Plan – Multiculturalism: Julian Yu, Colombo Pan and Multiculturalism

Entrepreneurs – Politics and racism: Bettie Beath, Mr Wong in Oz and Mr Wong’s children

The General Store – Trouble in the homeland: James Wade, Welcome Rain on a Spring Night…

Australia’s Bicentenary – towards the future: Caroline Szeto, Maai Maai


ADULT $67, CONC. $62, U30 $30, U18 $25, STUDENT RUSH $25

Concert generously supported by Pamela & Allan O'Neil

Earlier Event: May 4
Music and Art for Lunch
Later Event: May 5
The Education Revolution