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The Trust

The Trustees

The Lawrence Chinese Camp Charitable Trust was established in 2002 by Dr James Ng, the founding Chairman and now patron of the Camp. Click here to read Dr Ng's bio.


Purpose of the Trust


​The purpose of the Trust is to:

  • Administer the Lawrence Chinese Camp site, its buildings and its adjacent land.

  • Restore, preserve and sustain the Lawrence Chinese Camp site, its buildings, its heritage and its history.

  • Develop the Lawrence Chinese Camp site and the adjacent land to complement it, for the education and enjoyment of local residents, students, researchers, and domestic and international visitors.

  • Align and coordinate the development of the Lawrence Chinese Camp site with the development of the Lawrence township, the Tuapeka District and Otago region, in the public interest.

  • Preserve, develop and interpret the Lawrence Chinese Camp site consistent with the policies of the Historic Places Trust.

  • Promote knowledge and education about the pioneer history of the Cantonese Chinese in the Camp, Otago and New Zealand through preserving and promoting the provenance of the site.

  • Join in on research into the history of gold mining in Lawrence and the Tuapeka District, without restricting the scope of the foregoing.


Occupation: Image consultant 


Community Positions and Experience:

Vice-Chair, New Zealand Chinese Heritage Research Charitable Trust, 

Advisor, Immigration New Zealand-Queenstown Lakes District Council Welcoming Communities Advisory Group

Denise Ng


Rachel Gemmill

Vice Chair


Occupation: Occupational Health Nurse and business owner

Immunisation Coordinator for Te Whatu Ora Southern

Community Positions and Experience

Treasurer for the Otago-Southland Occupational Health Nursing Association

Volunteer Ambulance Officer for St John's Ambulance

President of Kelsey Yaralla Kindergarten

Descendant of the Lawrence Chinese Camp - Tie Family

Debra Murray



Occupation: Farm owner, business person 

Community Positions and Experience:

Tuapeka Matariki Event Organiser

Administrator for the Tuapeka Aquatic Centre

Geoff Blackmore



Occupation: Farmer, Clutha District Council Councillor (Lawrence-Tuapeka) from 2004 to 2019 


Community Positions and Experience: 

Chair of St Patrick's Parish Council

Treasurer of NZ Century Farm and Station Awards

Lawrence Rugby Club committee member (and Life Member)

Simpson Park Sporting Complex committee member

Tuapeka Water Scheme committee member

Geoff Davidson



Occupation: Farmer


Community Positions and Experience:

Chair, Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board

Tuapeka Water Scheme committee

St John's Ambulance committee

Lawrence Golf Club committee

Roger Cotton



Occupation: Farmer, Director of Bellamy Station Ltd, Partner of Cotton Brothers Partnership 

​Community Positions and Experence:

Chairman, The Lawrence Heritage and Cultural Charitable Trust

Chairman, Lawrence Athenaeum and Mining Institute

Chairman, Tuapeka Rural Water Scheme

Director, Rugby at Lawrence Football Club

Committee member, New Zealand Century Farm and Station Awards

Trustee, Waipori Goldfields Charitable Trust

President, Lawrence Sunday Golfers

Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board

Graeme Smaill





Community Positions and Experience:

Law Society and Chamber of Commerce committee member

Descendant of the Lawrence Chinese Camp - Mong family

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