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01-July-2007 (Kent Watson)
01-July-2007 (Kent Watson)

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Chris McLaughlin

The monument commemorates the riot in the Buckland Valley when thousands of Chinese miners were attacked and driven from the goldfields.

The large community of Chinese (it was estimated to number 3000 at its peak in 1857) led to an anti-Chinese riot. Chinese fled from the area and Robert O`Hara Burke (of Burke and Wills fame), who was working as a policeman at Beechworth, was sent to the diggings to restore order. As the easy gold disappeared the town moved firstly to reef mining and later to dredging until by the early years of the twentieth century it had outlived its usefulness. The village was eventually removed.

This significant race riot has been compared to the Eureka Stockade uprising in size and intensity. Over 750 miner’s tents were destroyed, stores belonging to the Chinese were burnt down and looted and the newly erected Chinese Temple “Joss House” was reduced to ashes. Many details of this event are still debated as court records have mysteriously disappeared from the Beechworth Court House.



Address:Buckland Valley Road, Buckland Cemetery, Buckland, 3740
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.824756
Long: 146.852134
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Government
Actual Event Start Date:04-July-1857
Actual Event End Date:04-July-1857


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 1st July, 2007
Front Inscription

This memorial was dedicated at a public ceremony on Sunday 1 July 2007

The Buckland Chinese Australian Heritage Project was funded by Victoria`s Heritage Grants ad private donations.

The project was executed and administered by the Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria Inc. 

"Respected Always"

This memorial stele is dedicated to the Chinese who lost their lives and to those who lie buried in unmarked graves or unknown sites throughtout the Buckland Valley.


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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