Who we are
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.
Any further purpose consistent with the above objectives.
Denise Ng Chairperson
Occupation: Image consultant
Community Positions: Vice-Chair of the New Zealand Chinese Heritage Research Charitable Trust,
Advisor in the Immigration NZ - Queenstown Lakes District Council Welcoming Communities Advisory
Rachel Gemmell Vice-Chair
Occupation: Registered Nurse, Business owner (occupational health), Covid Immunisation Coordinator
for Southern District Health Board in 2021
Community Positions: Treasurer for the Otago-Southland Occupational Health Nursing Association
Debra Murray Treasurer
Occupation: Farm owner, business person
Community Positions: Tuapeka Matariki Event Organiser, Administrator for the Tuapeka Aquatic
Geoff Blackmore Secretary
Occupation: Farmer, Clutha District Council Councillor (Lawrence-Tuapeka) from 2004 to 2019
Community Positions: Chair of St Patrick's Parish Council, Treasurer of NZ Century Farm Awards,
Lawrence Rugby Club committee member (and Life Member), Simpson Park Sporting Complex committee member, Tuapeka Water Scheme committee member
Geoff Davidson Trustee
Community Positions: Chair of the Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board, Tuapeka Water Scheme
committee, St John's Ambulance committee, Lawrence Golf Club committee
Roger Cotton Trustee
Occupation: Farmer, Director of Bellamy Station Ltd, Partner of Cotton Brothers Partnership
Community Positions: Chairman of Lawrence Heritage Trust, Chairman of Lawrence Athenaeum and
Mining Institute, Chairman of Tuapeka Rural Water Scheme, Director of Rugby at Lawrence Football
Club, Founding committee member of New Zealand Century Farm and Station Award.
committee, Trustee of Waipori Goldfields Charitable Trust, President of Lawrence Sunday Golfers