Loong walk from Ballarat to Bendigo to save community hall

TREKKING: The group of history enthusiasts started their walk in Ballarat.
TREKKING: The group of history enthusiasts started their walk in Ballarat.

A group of intrepid historians have undertaken a four-day trek to raise money for a hall on the Victorian-South Australian Border. 

The “Loong To Loong Walk” kicked off in Ballarat on November 4 with the group arriving at the Golden Dragon Museum in Bendigo on November 7. 

They stayed in historic towns along the way and listened to community histories to pay respect to the gold miners, including the Chinese miners, who made contributions to the area. 

The group were raising money to restore the community hall in the border town of Dergolm that was instrumental in the success of a similar walk in May this year. 

Dergolm was a stopover for Chinese minors walking from Robe to the Victorian Goldfields in the 1850s. 

The walk was organised by the Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat and was supported by Ballarat Sovereign Hill Gold Museum, Creswick Railway Workshops Association, Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum, Bendigo Chinese Association, Golden Dragon Museum and CCCAV.