Chinese Australians in Bendigo: Dai Gum San and Beyond

Bendigo, VIC, Australia; North Bendigo, VIC, Australia
Est. 2.6km / 54 mins / Map

Chinese Australians in Bendigo: Dai Gum San and Beyond - Cya On The Road

This tour will explore the Chinese-Australian history of Bendigo. Chinese immigrants first arrived in Bendigo after the discovery of gold in 1851. By 1855, the Chinese population of Victoria was more than 25,000, just over 10% of the total Victorian population.[1]While often considered only as objects of white-European hatred, or temporary ‘sojourners’ during the gold rush period, early Chinese Australians are increasingly being given their own voice in historical narratives. This tour will explore the places in which Chinese Australians have engaged with Bendigo’s social, cultural and economic spheres, both past and present.This tour can be walked, if you have the time and ability. The tree-lined streets of Bendigo offer pleasant surroundings while you explore the history of Chinese Australians in this town. If you choose to walk, the longest section is between the Golden Dragon Chinese Museum and PepperGreen Farm, the site of the former Chinese Kiln and Market Gardens. There is about a 20 minute walk between the two sites, and the total walking time on this tour is estimated to be about 45 minutes to an hour, but of course you will want to stop and explore each site along the way. The terrain is flat in the town centre, with some slight rises and paved walkways throughout the town. [1] Valerie Lovejoy, “Chinese in Late Nineteenth-Century Bendigo: Their Local and Translocal Lives in ‘This Strangers’ Country’,” Australian Historical Studies 42, (2011), 46 and Census of Victoria – 1854, https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/papers/govpub/VPARL1854-55NoA70.pdf

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