The Chinese in Braidwood
Braidwood owes a significant part of its 19th century history to the efforts of Chinese immigrants who arrived during the 1850s and 1860s, many working on the goldfields, while others developed significant trading businesses supplying equipment, groceries and provisions. The second wave of Chinese reworked alluvial gold claims abandoned by European miners, and using great skill and knowledge often extracted more gold from tailing mounds than extracted in the first place by the earlier prospectors.
Many Chinese families settled in Braidwood after the Gold Rush and their descendants are still integral parts of the Braidwood social and business community today. The rich cultural history of the Chinese in Braidwood is represented by a significant collection of costume, artefacts and photographs in the Braidwood Historical Society Collection, and the collection has undergone a reinterpretation during 2012/2013 supported by funding from the Australian Government's "Your Community Heritage" program, with new lighting, cabinets and display material. New sections are being added to the displays and the completed exhibition panels are ongoing as are the fittings for the new ante-room displays.
Curated by Antony Davies