ACRI Chinese History Series: 'Chinese whispers: In search of Ivy'

September 18 2018

As part of History Week 2018, the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) welcomes author Alison Choy Flannigan to discuss her book Chinese Whispers: In search of Ivy (Black Quill Press, 2018).

The book uncovers the story of Alison’s mother immigrating from China to Australia and her interaction with Aboriginal Australians and Europeans. It links Canton (Guangzhou) and Hong Kong with Cooktown and Thursday Island in Far North Queensland.

Following her presentation, Ms Flannigan will join a discussion moderated by ACRI Director Bob Carr, and participate in a Q&A session with the audience.

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Registration opening soon.


Alison Choy Flannigan

Alison Choy Flannigan, BA, LLB (Hons) is an Australian multi-award winning lawyer of Chinese descent, born in Sydney.

For over 13 years Alison has been researching the history of her family through various generations, and the communities in which they have lived, through National and State archives, birth, deaths and marriages and community records in Australia and overseas. 

This has included the history of Cooktown and the Palmer River Goldrush and Thursday Island with its fishing and pearling industry in the late 19th Century.

Alison is a partner of Holman Webb Lawyers and is a corporate commercial lawyer advising the health, aged care and life sciences.

She previously held the positions of partner with a major Australian and international law firm and General Counsel of Australia’s largest private hospital operator.

For each and every year since 2008 she has been named as one of Australia’s best lawyers in health and aged care in Best Lawyers International and the Australian Financial Review.

Alison has a Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Technology Sydney.  She has a keen interest in Australian history.

Event Information
September 18 2018
UTS (venue TBC) Australia