Tracing Chinese mining steps

EXAMINING HISTORY: Michelle Philips, Charles Zhang and MP Hong Lim after the long walk.

EXAMINING HISTORY: Michelle Philips, Charles Zhang and MP Hong Lim after the long walk.

The 83 kilometre trek from Melbourne to Ballarat by Chinese miners during the goldrush was re-enacted by members of The Chinese Australian Cultural Society on Sunday. 

Around 20 people made the trek ahead of next year’s walk from Robe to Ballarat – which will recognise 100 years since Chinese settlement in Ballarat.

Yass resident Max Brady discovered his great-grandfather Wong Ah Sat made the trip from Robe to Ballarat in 1857. His heritage led him to complete the walk on Sunday. 

The re-enactment walk was part of the program of events around the Chinese Fortunes which M.A.D.E has partnered with the Parliament of Victoria to develop. It explores the political, economic and cultural dimensions of Chinese in Australia during the gold rushes.