january, 2017

28jan - 25junjan 2810:00 amjun 25Chinese FortunesThe Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) presents Chinese Fortunes, an exhibition exploring the stories of early Chinese Australians (january 28) 10:00 am - (june 25) 5:00 pm Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, 102 Stawell Street South, Ballarat, 3350

Event Details

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) presents Chinese Fortunes, an exhibition exploring the stories of early Chinese Australians – miners, gardeners, merchants, storekeepers, furniture makers, detectives, interpreters, philanthropists, entertainers and business people – and the rich diversity of Chinese Australian history leading up to Federation.

There are long held stereotypes of Chinese miners – thousands of Chinese men, indentured labourers, living and working in squalor, surface mining and washing the tailings of gold mines. There are also long held stories about violence, opium addiction, gambling and anti-Chinese immigration propaganda that has made it easy to think of the Chinese in Australia, during the gold rush eras, as a homogenous and unsophisticated group.

This image does not reflect the complexities of Chinese culture, nor does it explain the truth of life on the gold fields and the contributions made by the Chinese to developing our nation during the high colonial period (the second half of the 19th century.

Despite the political and economic upheavals in China during the 19th Century, which made travelling to the international goldfields an attractive proposition, Chinese culture was, and still is, varied and highly sophisticated. Chinese Fortunes examines how with organisation and sophistication, incredible spirit of determination, and the ability of the Chinese to integrate into western societies, pioneering Chinese Australians survived, and in many cases came to prosper.

Chinese diaspora was different to the predominant European influx, but the reasons were the same – to make money, and to seek a better life. As with Europeans, not all came to mine, and some turned the skills brought with them into businesses and trades which supported economies and social structures in the goldfields and cities across Australia.

Opening on Chinese New Year, January 28 2017, and open until June 25, Chinese Fortunes shares the remarkable contributions made by the Chinese from 1851 to 1901, and their unparalleled spirit of determination.

 For more information please visit www.made.org

Time

January 28 (Saturday) 10:00 am - June 25 (Sunday) 5:00 pm

Location

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

102 Stawell Street South, Ballarat, 3350

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