Events and News

Upcoming Events

Lawrence Chinese Camp Descendants Reunion visit: Sunday, 24 October 2021 at 1.30 pm

Descendents of the Lawrence Chinese Camp will visit the Camp as part of their 2-day reunion in Dunedin and Lawrence during Labour Weekend. 


To attend the reunion: Email Adrienne Shaw at 


Also register as a Friend of the Camp as we would love to keep in touch!


Lawrence Heritage Weekend: 6-7 November 2021

The Lawrence Chinese Camp will be welcoming visitors to learn about the Chinese gold-mining settlement.  Watch this space for more details.



Recent News and Past Events

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Asia New Zealand Foundation visit, 8 May 2021

The Leadership Network of the Asia New Zealand Foundation visited the Camp on their Otago History Hui.

A group focused on understanding and connecting with Asia, the talented frontrunners in NZ arts, media, sport, IT, education, research and diplomacy were interested to learn about NZ's first Chinese settlement. 


Historian Dr James Ng (front right of the photo) spoke to them about the Lawrence Camp and its history. 


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Chinese New Year 'Year of the Pig' Feb 2019

A successful Chinese New Year celebration was held on February 19th, 2019 at the Camp, despite the challenging weather! 

There were Chinese dancers and Lion dancers, along with other activities for the children to enjoy.  Stu Edgcumbe   was on site to demonstrate how to gold pan.  Hot refreshments and a Chinese-style lunch with pork cooked in the pig oven were available and enjoyed by all. 

Watch this space for next Chinese New Year, 'Year of the Rat'.


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Otago University archives

Lawrence Chinese Camp trustees Professor Richard Walter, Malcolm Wong and Peter Cummings at University of Otago looking at some of the camp's artefacts stored there.


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Lawrence Heritage Day, 4 November 2018

The Lawrence Camp opened its doors for the Heritage Day celebrations in Lawrence.  Despite chilly weather, many families called in to take a look and learn more about what is planned for its future.  It was heart-warming to see our local children's enthusiasm for the Chinese Camp and for Lawrence history.  

Chinese New Year 'Year of the Rat' - Feb 2020

A fantastic day was held in February 2020 to celebrate  Chinese New Year, "Year of the Rat". 


A large crowd of approx 250 attended the festivities where they enjoyed a Chinese-style lunch with pork cooked in the pig oven.  Guests enjoyed dancing, Lion dancers, heritage displays, gold panning and lots of children's activities - kite, puppet and lantern making, mooncakes, children stories and window craft.



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Poon Fah Day, 9 March 2019

Members of the Chinese community and Friends of the Camp came from as far afield as China, Wellington and Dunedin to celebrate the historical relationship between the Lawrence Chinese Camp and the Poon Fah Association NZ.

Guests enjoyed a Chinese-style lunch served from a  dragon emblazoned marquee and were entertained with Chinese music performed live by skilled instrumentalists and a lion dance performed be the OSCA Lion Dancers.


Artefacts from the camp
Artefacts from the camp

Artefacts from the camp on display at Lawrence Museum at 17 Ross Place in Lawrence.  Click here for current opening times.

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Joss House repairs

Restoration work has been undertaken on the Joss House. It had been used as a holiday home for many years and was returned to the Lawrence Camp from another site in Lawrence. The deteriorated exterior timber was replaced and repainted and the interior repaired. 

Did you know our Joss House is the only one in New Zealand?