In 2014 Gymea Community Aid & Information Service received a NSW Heritage Grant administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society on behalf of the NSW Government.
The grant enabled them to work with oral historian, Carol McKirdy, on an oral history project called Chinese Life Stories of the Sutherland Shire. Ten narrators with Chinese heritage volunteered their time and told their stories. The oral histories will be archived at Sutherland Shire Library enabling future generations to learn about the unique and wonderful stories of people who moved from one country to another and the circumstances surrounding such a monumental change.
The project was launched at a community event, which included traditional Chinese music and food and a digital story, which summarises the essential themes explored in the oral histories and entices listeners to enjoy the full recordings.