Lawrence Chinese Camp Charitable Trust

Lawrence Chinese Camp Charitable Trust

By being part of this cultural and historical project, you are helping to support the Camp so it has a strong and secure future.


The Lawrence Chinese Camp was the scene of one of the earliest Chinese settlements in New Zealand. It was established in 1867 to serve a rapidly growing population of Chinese who were immigrating to New Zealand to join the Otago gold rush that had begun in May of 1861 The Camp was situated approximately 1 km west of the town of Lawrence. Otago, NZ.

In 2004, the Lawrence Chinese Camp Charitable Trust was formed with a purpose of protecting, restoring and promoting the site. The Camp has since been given Heritage 1 listing, 4 x archeological excavations have been conducted, information panels, a pig oven and flag poles have been reinstated and the original Joss house have been retuned to site. In 2019, the Trust engaged with heritage consultants and have been working through required planning and design stages to restore the existing buildings and develop the site for educational, heritage and cultural visitor experience.

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The Lawrence Chinese Camp Charitable Trust was formed in 2004 and currently has Trustees representing the Tuapeka, Chinese New Zealand and Camp descendant communities.

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