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The Memorial to the Amoy Shepherds commemorates those who left their famine-ravaged villages in Amoy, now known as Xiamen in China and who came under five-year contracts in the mid-1800s to St George.  About 300 came as indentured labourers, working as shepherds and labourers tending to more than 450,000 sheep.

Most never made the journey home to their village, unable to pay their way on their minimal wages.  Burial records of the Amoy shepherds were destroyed by flood and timber headstones destroyed by fire.

The monument has artwork designed by local student Daisy Brown, showing how her ancestors, the Kamilaroi people, allowed the Chinese labourers to enter their land along the Balonne River.  Alongside the drawing, a 1300-year-old Tang dynasty poem is inscribed.


Address:12069 Carnarvon Highway, St George Cemetery, St George, 4487
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.022967
Long: 148.603868
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Monument Manufacturer:Kwong Wha TSE, Director of Wing Hing Builders (QLD)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 30th March, 2019
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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