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The Australian National University

Nicholas Dennis Guoth

PhD candidate

Thesis topic

Economic and business history of merchants and maritime enterprises between China and Australia during the period 1860-1880


Li Tana (Chair), Paul D'Arcy, Pierre van der Eng

My research

Trade relations between the Australian colonies and China was extensive during the second half of the nineteenth century. Numerous companies and entrepreneurs in Australia were involved in receiving various goods, including tea, rice and opium while others were exporting copious quantities of gold, coal and sandalwood. My research explores a snapshot of these trade relationships to present a stronger picture of how the nineteenth century was in fact Australia's Asian Century. Topics investigated include the direct sandalwood and coal trades to China, the indirect gold trade that went via India to provide a triangle of trade and development of northern Australia through migration, trade and political choices all of which related to China.

About the student

Nick Guoth holds a BA from Macquarie University and an MPhil from the Australian National University. He is a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award, and an Alfred D. Chandler Jnr Travel Fellowship from Harvard University. His research interests include nineteenth century trade relationships between Australia and China, Australian Chinese in the 1920s and their political propensities, and the history of Australian and New Zealand football


  • Guoth, N., (2005) 'Loss of identity: New Zealand soccer, its foundations and its legacies', Soccer and Society, 7(2-3), 187-207.
  • Bohlsman, C. and Guoth, N. (2012) 'Dominions Apart: Scandal and sporting mismatch in Australian-South African football encounters, 1947-1955', International Journal of the History of Sport, 29(3), 472-478.
  • Guoth, N. (2012) 'The British are Coming, Hopefully: Great expectations and the two phases of the Commonwealth Football Association', Sporting Traditions, 29(1), 59-75.
  • Hay, R. and Guoth, N., 'No Single Pattern: Australian migrant minorities and the round ball code in Victoria' in Kausik Banyopadhyay (ed.) Why Minorities Play or Don't Play Soccer: A global exploration. London: Routledge, 2010. 127-146.
  • Guoth, N., 'A new China: Using sport to expose a multi-class race through the 1923 Chinese soccer tour of Australia' in Brawley, S. and Guoth, N. (Eds) Australia's Asian Sporting Context, 1920s-30s. London: Routledge, 2013.

Conference presentations

  • A favourable relationship: the Eastern and Australian Mail Steam Company and the development of Cooktown Paper presented at Sea Stories: Maritime Landscapes, Cultures and Histories Sydney, June 2013.
  • A tale of two ports: Cooktown and Darwin in the 1870s & their relationship to Chinese trade from Hong Kong Paper presented at Dragon Tails 2013: Tradition and modernity amongst overseas Chinese Wollongong, July 2013.
  • The golden triangle: Australia's involvement in the India-China trade of the 1860s and 1870s Paper presented at 2014 Asia Pacific Economic and Business History Conference Hamilton, NZ, February 2014.

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