Various Bendigo Easter Fair Awards
Various Bendigo Easter Fair Awards given to the Chinese Community
Bendigo Easter Fair Society
Please contact the Bendigo Chinese AssociationCopyright
Bendigo Chinese Association
On occasion the Easter Fair Society presented certificates or awards to the Chinese Community of Bendigo and district in appreciation of the Chinese contribution to the festivities.
The Chinese arrived in Bendigo, Victoria, during the 1850s gold rush. In 1854, it was estimated that over 4,000 Chinese were on the gold fields. In 1871, the Chinese community joined the Bendigo Easter Fair and Procession (which began in 1869) to assist fundraising for charity. Providing music, theatre and acrobatic displays, the Chinese section of the Procession soon became the main attraction. This remarkable collection of 19th Century processional regalia has been preserved by the Chinese community in Bendigo and is held in the Golden Dragon Museum. It is not only a collection of world significance but, importantly, it contextualises and preserves the living heritage of both Victoria and China through the objects and through the ceremonies that continue to be practised today.