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Cairns & District Chinese Association Inc.

Grafton St, Cairns, QLD 4870
Postal address
PO Box 5951, Cairns, QLD 4870
Opening hours
By appointment (contact Mary on 07 4032 3364)

The Cairns and District Chinese Association is the custodian of the Lit Sung Goong Temple Collection, a significant collection of over 240 items from the temple which operated in Cairns between 1886 and 1964. 

The Lit Sung Goong Temple collection is an outstanding example of the material culture of Chinese-Australian religious practices. It comprises a range of artefacts, most produced in China and brought to North Queensland in the late nineteenth century. Objects include timber furniture, deity statues, decorative panels, altar table and canopy, printing and fortune telling materials and metal incense burners and processional items. The collection is accessible to the public by appointment and enquiries welcome. 

This fantastic collection does not have a permanent home. It is our goal to establish a contemporary Chinese Cultural & Heritage Centre in Cairns to permanently store and exhibit the collection with the North Queensland Chinese heritage stories for the enjoyment of all. 

The North Queensland Chinese Cultural and Heritage Fund, established in 2009 enables us to accept tax deductable donations. In 2010 the fundraising committee developed a website for this project,

‘One generation plants the trees, and another gets the shade’ - Chinese Proverb


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