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.


The Trustees

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

                               Occupation: Farmer

                               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