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Portraits of professionals from a wide range of fields, who achieved success during the 1960s, 70s and 80s, appear in this scene. They include politicians Alexander ‘Alec’ Fong Lim, Harry Chan and Helen Sham-Ho, Father Paschal Chang, lawyer Claudia Cream, Reverend Philip Sik Kee Fong, leading medical specialists Dr Victor Chang and Professor Christopher Chen, scholar Professor Wang Gungwu, entomologist Dr CS Li, civil engineer Patrick G Pak-Poy, vigneron George M Lau, businessman King Fong, and conductor Helen Quach.

Stitched panels of the Harvest of Endurance scroll featuring ‘Professions’ and ‘Rising to the top’.

Entering the Professions

After changes to Australia’s immigration policy in the 1970s, by the late 1980s the number of people of Chinese heritage in the Australian population had increased.

Whilst employment in small businesses, restaurants and market gardening continued, more people of Chinese background were entering professions like engineering, science, medicine, teaching, law and politics.

Rising to the Top

Leading professionals from the 1960s, 70s and 80s included influential politicians, doctors, scientists and musicians.

Alexander ‘Alec’ Fong Lim was elected Lord Mayor of Darwin in 1984, the first person of Chinese heritage to attain that position.

Harry Chan rose to the position of President of the Legislative Council of the Northern Territory, and was the first person of Chinese heritage to hold this position.

In 1988, Helen Sham-Ho was the first Australian Chinese woman to win a seat in the Legislative Council of New South Wales.

Claudia Cream was the only Chinese lawyer in South Australia when admitted to the Supreme Court of the State in the early 1980s.

Father Paschal Chang and Reverend Philip Sik Kee Fong exemplify the best aspects of dedicated pastoral care to the community over many years.

Dr Victor Chang was a pioneer of the modern era of heart transplantation and was responsible for setting up the National Cardiac Transplant Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney in 1984.

Professor Christopher Chen became a recognised world pioneer in in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). In 1982 he succeeded in producing the first IVF pregnancy in South Australia. A year later he made history by presiding over the birth of the world’s first IVF triplets.

Helen Quach of Sydney won first prize in the New York Dimitri Mitropoulos International Competition for Conductors in 1969.

Dr CS Li was a rice entomologist who discovered and found out how to control a new rice parasite in 1965 — a contribution of world significance.

Notable figures

Detail of the Harvest of Endurance scroll.
Detail of the Harvest of Endurance scroll.

Alexander Fong Lim AO

Businessman, and Darwin’s first lord mayor of Chinese heritage.

Detail of the Harvest of Endurance scroll.

Harry Chan OBE

Businessman, politician, and mayor of Darwin.

Detail of the Harvest of Endurance scroll.

Father Pascal Chang

Founder of associations to provide pastoral care for Australia’s Catholic Chinese community.

Detail of the Harvest of Endurance scroll.

Helen Sham-Ho OAM

Lawyer and Australia’s first parliamentarian of Chinese heritage as member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales (1988–2003).

Detail of the Harvest of Endurance scroll.

Claudia Cream OAM

South Australia’s first lawyer of Chinese heritage, admitted to the Supreme Court in the early 1980s.

Detail of the Harvest of Endurance scroll.

Reverend Philip Sik Kee Fong

Minister in the Chinese Presbyterian Church in Sydney, providing pastoral care over many years.

Detail of the Harvest of Endurance scroll.

Dr Victor Chang AC

Renowned cardiac surgeon and leader in the field of heart transplant surgery.

Detail of the Harvest of Endurance scroll.

Professor Christopher Chen

Pioneer of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) in Australia in the 1980s.

Detail of the Harvest of Endurance scroll.

Professor Wang Gungwu AO, CBE

Distinguished scholar of overseas Chinese historical studies.

Detail of the Harvest of Endurance scroll.

Dr CS Li

Darwin-based entomologist who discovered a new rice parasite and developed methods for its control.

Detail of the Harvest of Endurance scroll.

Patrick G Pak-Poy

Civil engineer and founder of a South Australian engineering company with major projects nationally and overseas.

Detail of the Harvest of Endurance scroll.

George M Lau

Vigneron of one of Australia’s largest wineries in South Australia.

Detail of the Harvest of Endurance scroll.

King Fong OAM

Sydney-based businessman recognised for his service to the Chinese community.

Detail of the Harvest of Endurance scroll.

Helen Quach

Symphony orchestra conductor with a distinguished international career.

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