GOLDEN Dragon Museum Board general manager Anita Jack has announced her resignation.
Ms Jack will depart the museum in July after 14 years at the helm.
Her resignation follows last month’s decision by her father, Russell Jack OAM, to step down as a director of the museum.
Ms Jack said she was proud of her achievements, but now was a time for a “changing of the guard” at the museum.
“It has been an incredible 14 years for me,” she said.
“The museum was established in 1991 as a way to tell the story of the Chinese on the Bendigo goldfields with the feel of a community museum.”
“Today, the museum is so much more than that. It is home to rare Chinese antiquities rarely seen outside of China, our amazing dragons Loong, Sun Loong and Dai Gum Loong and many others, our beautiful lions and it tells an important story about the Chinese contribution to the development of Bendigo. It has grown beyond our wildest expectations.”
Ms Jack said she was grateful to the Bendigo community, the Australian Chinese families, various state and federal governments, and the many generous donors that helped grow the museum to such prominence and ensure the history of Chinese people and their contributions to central Victoria are shared and live on.
She cited her time working with the City of Greater Bendigo to deliver the Dai Gum San forecourt and publications on Bendigo’s Chinese 1880s processional regalia and historic people and places of the local Chinese community, which are now held in state and territory libraries, and the creation of various documentaries including winning the Local Histories Multimedia Award, as highlights of her tenure.
“However, one of the most rewarding projects to be involved in was the delivery of our new dragon Dai Gum Loong. Our brief was to create a dragon to last 100 years and continue our amazing Easter Festival tradition of a parading Golden Dragon.
“This year’s Easter parade was truly spectacular, seen by 80,000 people and even more online around the world, so it is the perfect way to conclude my time as general manager.
“In recent years I have also helped guide the development of a new strategic direction and business case document for the museum, to see it transition into the National Chinese Museum of Australia.
“This is the next step for the museum and I am pleased to be closing this chapter knowing the organisation is heading in the right direction.”
Golden Dragon Museum chairman Doug Lougoon has accepted Ms Jack’s resignation, and thanked her for her dedication to the museum.
“Anita, like her father, has worked tirelessly to progress the Museum and grow and establish it as a cultural attraction for residents and local, interstate and overseas visitors,” Mr Lougoon said.
“Anita is highly regarded, particularly at a state level, for her recent achievements in delivering a new dragon for Bendigo. She departs on a wonderful note and can be very proud her achievements. Our board is extremely grateful for the tireless contribution to the Golden Dragon Museum that Anita has made over the past 14 years.”
He said the board would seek to appoint someone who can help develop its vision and drive the transition to become the National Chinese Museum of Australia and deliver the much-needed expansion of its building in Bendigo’s iconic Chinese precinct.