Hidden histories of South Melbourne: the See Yup Temple

  • Heritage

Visitors to Melbourne should not miss seeing the Chinese Joss Temple at Emerald Hill, if they can manage to do so. It is generally open to inspection on a Sunday afternoon, and many people stroll in.
(The Queenslander, 11 October 1873)

Join Dr. Sophie Couchman in uncovering one of the hidden stories of the South Melbourne area – the See Yup Temple. This Temple, considered one of Melbourne’s hidden treasures, has been on the Victorian Heritage Register since 1976. The See Yup Society has maintained a temple on this site since 1856, and is the oldest and longest-running Chinese community organisation in Australia.

Dr Sophie Couchman

Sophie is a curator and public historian with a particular interest in migration history and the role photographs play in how we tell history. She has researched and published in the field of Chinese-Australian history for many years. She was curator at the Chinese Museum in Melbourne and most recently worked on the ‘British Migrants: Instant Australians’ exhibition at the Immigration Museum. With Kate Bagnall she has led two Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tours to rural southern China, with a third running in March this year. She holds an Honorary Research Fellow at La Trobe University and is an Exhibition Reviews Editor for Australian Historical Studies.

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Image: See Yup Temple 1934 sm2046 PPCC


Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre
195 Bank Street
South Melbourne
Vic 3205




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