Queensland Dragon: Chinese in the North and on the Darling Downs - Ends Sunday

19 March 2011 - 14 August 2011Tilt a Filta

Queensland Dragon: Chinese in the North documents the early contribution of Chinese migrants from the 1870's during the Palmer River Gold Rush in North Queensland through to their contribution to Australia's wartime efforts in the 1940s.

At it's peak in 1877, it is believed that there were approximately 18,000 Chinese miners working in the Palmer River gold fields, representing 90 percent of miners there at the time.  Most of the Chinese miners had travelled from villages in South China's Pearl River Delta, Guangzhou (Canton) province and Hong Kong. 

The Chinese migrants brought with them their rich culture including cuisine, language and religion along with their strong work ethics and unique farming techniques, having a lasting and enriching impact on the local community.

Stories from the Darling Downs' rich multicultural community have been added to the exhibition.  These include the development of the Toowoomba International Multicultural Society and the Centenary Heights State High International Student Program. 

The local stories include the Queensland Museum's Kwong Sang collection originating from Toowoomba.  This family operated an 'emporium' in Russell Street from the late 1880s.  Other stories tell of well known Chinese identities, Diamond and Ruby Lum who opened Toowoomba's first Chinese restaurant. 

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Event Details

19 March 2011 - 14 August 2011
Cobb+Co Museum
Free with Admission

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