Xinhua News Agency celebrates Australia-China relations through ‘The Forgotten Voyage’ photo exhibition

Taking place 26 to 28 September at Chatswood Civil Pavilion, ‘The Forgotten Voyage: Where the Australia-China Story Began’ is a one off exhibition organised by Xinhua Sydney in conjunction with the Fu Jian Entrepreneurs Association.

The Xinhua Gallery will showcase 150 historical images that display over 60 years of Australia-China relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic.

Many remarkable political moments are captured in the exhibition, including visits of Australian commercial and NGO delegations to China in the early 1950s, Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s seminal visit to China in 1973,  Malcolm Fraser’s visit to Beijing in 1976, Bob Hawke’s meeting with Chinese Leader Deng Xiaoping in 1986 and John Howard’s visit in 1997.

1973: AMP Gough Whitlam seminal visit to China
1973: AMP Gough Whitlam seminal visit to China

The exhibition also illustrates photographs of the 1992 rocket launch into Chinese airspace, Chinese and Australian sports people and images of the integration of Chinese culture and food in Australia.

Joseph X. J. Zhang, Director of Xinhua News in Sydney, says: “It is wonderful to visualise the ties that bind the two countries through a range of strong historical imagery, and that reflects the beginning, the blossoming and the now of Australia-China relations.”

“We want to highlight the depth and breadth of the Australia-China friendship and how it has enriched both cultures. What better way to do this than with a historic timeline of photographs that capture precious moments in time”, Zhang adds.

The Forgotten Voyage: Where the Australia-China Story Began opens from Friday 26 September at 3pm at the Civil Pavilion on the Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.

The show is open Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September from 9.00am and entry is free.

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