I first knew about the GV Chinese Association through Doris Nilsen, one of its founders who also has served as President and Vice-President at various times. It was 2001. I was new to Shepparton. With the help of the Association I got to know a lot of locals pretty quickly. That helped me a lot in making a home and settle in this part of the world. Since then the benefit of being a member of the Association continues. One big fortunate is getting to know a group of special people who work tirelessly for the management committee, and a core group of devoted members who are always ready to lend a hand for all activities. I joined the management Committee in 2014.
I thank my community for an opportunity to serve for the Association. I see that the Association, in addition to being a custodian of Chinese cultural heritage, could also play a role in facilitating members’ participation in the social and business activities in the wider community in Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley region.
I am a Shepparton resident for 15 years. I am a professional translator. I graduated in Master of Public Policy and Management in 2014. I also manage the Association’s website.
Phone: 0428 544 226; Email: my name in one word at ‘gvchinese.org.au’. Alternatively, use our Contact form.
联系电话：0428 544 226； 微信号：1330 5533 72.
My name is Li Lin. Some friends call me Meishan. I have been in Australia for four years. I have a big family in China. I was a Sales manager in China more than 15 years ago. My best friend introduced me to Graham. He is an Australian man. We like living in Shepparton and we have many good friends here. Australia day is our Anniversary day.
I don’t have children of my own. My husband’s family are very kind and lovely to me. My family always asks me what happens in Australia and how my life is; they have some worries, because Australia is a different country and we are too far away from them, but now they feel better. I was working in the kitchen at the local RSL club; I enjoyed working with other people from different countries and learning more about their cultures.
In Australia there is usually a beautiful sky and nice weather; a lot of good quality natural food. Shepparton has lots new and fresh fruit for local people. I was learning English at TAFE College. English class is interesting and all the teachers are kind and affable with students.
My husband with I go to Melbourne for shopping and watching football sometimes; we are happy with each other and help each other. We always have a joke and laugh with each other.
I am very happy living in Australia. I now cherish life with my husband. We are both improving our second languages, and have interesting things to do. Important things are we need look after ourselves and maintain our bodies well. Also we are both happy to help other people if we can.
联系电话：0401971951； 微信号：meishan 13904083861.
I am Secretary/Public Officer of the Association. My aim in taking on this role was to provide training and skills to other members of the group to take on committee roles in the longer term.
I work part-time as I bide time until retirement in 2 or 3 years. I am tenancy manager for independent aged care units in Shepparton, Benalla and Euroa, managed by Wintringham Housing, but better known as the “Miller Homes”.
I am interested in Chinese culture, sports, especially AFL football and cricket, movies and playing around fixing friends’ computers when they don’t work the way they should.
Charlie Chan, Treasure 财长
I was born in Malaysia and came to Australia in 1979. A friend I met in Saudi Arabia recommended me to work as a chef in a restaurant in Traralgon, where I was sponsored. Following this, I worked in a range of other restaurants based in Bendigo, Falls Creek, Shepparton and Melbourne.
In 1984, I moved back to Shepparton to establish my own restaurant, called Goulburn Valley Chinese Restaurant. I acquired another café/restaurant at a Ten Pin Bowling Alley in Shepparton in 1986. In 1986, I invited my wife, Ling to come to Australia and we married in 1987. Shortly after, we had our two children named Ewan and Alysse.
After a spell from being a restaurateur, I took on the position as Treasurer of the Goulburn Valley Chinese Fellowship Group for two years. In the year 2000, I moved to Cobram with my family and worked in our successful restaurant within Cobram Hotel for 10 years. In 2010, I was the Worshipful Master of Cobram Lodge Freemasons. During this time, I was involved in fundraising for the GV Health/Freemasons Oncology Centre in Shepparton which provides patients with cancer with treatment.
I recently moved back to Shepparton and retired from working in the restaurant line. I enjoy playing golf, badminton and gardening in my spare time.
As someone who has experienced moving to Australia first-hand, I am interested in helping new migrants settle into the Goulburn Valley district as well as form connections with the existing Chinese community.
Evelyn Anderson (maiden name Siew Lan WONG)
Born in Singapore in 1956, came to Melbourne Vic Australia in 1981. Lives in Melbourne 1981 to 1989, Administration Assistant, Minenco Engineering Pty Ltd.
From 1989 to 1998 dairy farmer in Katandra North.
1999 – 2000 Study at GOTafe in Business Administration and Commercial Cookery
2000 – 2002 – Administration Assistant – Ethnic Council of Shepparton
2002 – 2009 – Administration Officer – Shepparton Adult & Community Education
2000 – 2007 Goulburn Valley Chinese Association (Committee of Management – Secretary)
2000 – present Faith Church INC (Committee member/leader)
2008 – 2009 Goulburn Valley Chinese Association (Committee of Management – President)
2007- 2009 Ethnic Council of Shepparton (Committee of Management – committee member)
2008 – Fairley Leadership Program Graduand
2009 to present – Yiche Restaurant (Director/Owner)
2015 – Goulburn Valley Chinese Association (Committee Member)
Having worked in the community sector in the past has given me the passion to make myself available in some volunteer works and making a difference in our community.
I am from Malaysia. I have been in catering business for over 35 years. I first settled in a small town called Nathalia, for three years. Then I moved to Shepparton and have lived there for over 30 years. My wife Cindy and I have three beautiful daughters. Cindy and I are long time GVCA members. We like helping people whenever we can and whenever we are needed.
I like Chinese history shows. I also follow news reports on the Chinese speaking community.
I am also a golf club member for a long time. I once tried to initiate golf group for Chinese speaking kids. It did not work out. On weekends I would play snookers with friends, visit our daughters in Melbourne and enjoy their company and have great family times. My daughters cannot speak Chinese unfortunately.
I remember very well the very first activity organised by GVCA. It was a great success. Lots of people came. I will never forget it.
My hope for the Chinese Association is for it to help bring Chinese people together and for the Chinese community to grow bigger and bigger.
记得华人会开始第一次的华人聚会，那次很成功，人气也很旺。记忆很深的一次， 我对新的华人会的期望就是SHEPPARTON 的华人能够团结一起，华人会员越来越多。
I came to Australia in 1970. I am from Guangdong, China. Large number of people in the area chose to migrant somewhere at the time due to the Vietnam war and the economic depression in Hong Kong. I travelled to Australia from Guangdong. I got to New South Wales, then lived in Melbourne. Then I moved to Shepparton. I love life in small towns better than that in a big city.
I worked in catering industry before retiring. I have been a staunch supporter of the Chinese Association ever since it was established, and of development of Chinese communities in Australia. I have seen a lot in the last two decades and witnessed development stages of the Chinese communities in Australia.
I love classical music, travelling and watching tennis. I also like reading news from China on WeChat.
My hope for our Association is: promote Chinese culture, facilitate communication among community members. I love the Association for its role providing a meeting place for community members. I am confident that the new Committee will do lots of good. I am hopeful that we will work together well and achieve a lot. We will win the respect from the Local Council and other community groups.
我来自1970年于广东，因为越南的战役和香港的经济萧条，大部分广东人选择移民。所以我从广东来到澳洲。曾经从New South Wales 然后到墨尔本， 再搬迁到Shepparton , 比起繁华的大城市我更喜欢在小镇生活。
(Chinese text: Meishan; English: Sue)
(Last updated: 4 Oct 2017)