Who we are

The Lawrence Chinese Camp Charitable  Trust  was established in 2002 by Dr James Ng as Foundation Chairman.

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 and its adjacent land;

  • restore, preserve and promote the Lawrence Chinese Camp site, its heritage and its history;

  • appropriately develop the adjacent land to complement and sustain the Lawrence Chinese Camp site;

  • align the development of the Lawrence Chinese Camp site with the development  of the Lawrence  township and the Tuapeka District, in the public interest;

  • without restricting the scope of the foregoing, undertake research into the history of gold mining in Lawrence and the Tuapeka District;

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

  • promote the Lawrence Chinese Camp site for the enjoyment of local residents, and domestic and international visitors;

  • any further purpose consistent with the above objectives.


The Trustees


Geoff Blackmore (Chair) - Farmer, Lawrence, Clutha District Council Councillor and member of Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board


Phil Marshall (Secretary) - Senior planner Dunedin City Council

Debra Murray (Treasurer) - Farmer and Property Investor, Lawrence and Fundraiser/Administrator for the Tuapeka Aquatic Centre.

​​​Prof Richard Walter - Head of Anthropology and Archaeology University of Otago and Director of Southern Pacific Archaeological Research [ SPAR]

Geoff Davidson - Farmer, Lawrence and member of Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board


Rachel Gemmill - descendant of Chow Tie, Occupational Health Nurse.


Roger Cotton - Farmer, Lawrence and involved in several Lawrence community entities.

Trustee Emeritus

Peter Cummings - Farmer, Lawrence and member of Tuapeka-Lawrence Community Company

Thank you to our supporters

Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust 

Otago Chinese Southland Association 

Ethel G Johnstone Charitable Trust 

Lawrence Lions Club 

Dr Tak Hung 

Jim Robertson 

Dr James and Eva Ng  

Give a little page donations 

Various donations by people visiting the Camp


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