The Chinese Camp experience delivers a rich interpretation of the Chinese heritage on the goldfields. In the Temple, visitors will experience the journey the Chinese miners made to New Gold Mountain, their expectations and the cultural practices they brought to the goldfields. The huts and tents enable visitors (especially students and teachers) to cluster inside them to use information touch screens, experience soundscapes telling the Chinese story and see a much richer display of artefacts relating to the lives of the Chinese.
Chinese residents in the camps were required to pay a protection fee of £1 a year. To discourage Chinese migration, a £10 immigration tax was imposed on each Chinese migrant arriving in Victorian ports. To avoid the tax, the Chinese began landing in southern New South Wales and South Australia, and walked overland to the goldfields. The Government responded in 1857 by introducing a £6 residence tax applied to every Chinese resident in Victoria. This 3D model ©2009-2010 3dskyline #1850s #3dskyline #Australia #Ballarat #gold_rush #museum #SH54 #Sovereign_Hill #Tom_Delany #Victoria