The illustrated Australian news for home readers, BALLARAT BENEVOLENT ASYLUM FETE - THE CHINESE PROCESSION. [picture], wood engraving, Melbourne : Ebenezer and David Syme, December 1, 1875.Contributors
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Giving to charity was a central tenet for Chinese residents, who helped build civic infrastructure, including hospitals and asylums, in goldfields towns.
In goldfields towns with significant Chinese populations such as Beechworth, Ararat, Ballarat and Bendigo, Chinese communities raised money for civic institutions. It was very common for Chinese communities to raise funds for benevolent asylums and hospitals.
Providing charity and contributing to community was an ingrained part of Chinese culture and Chinese goldfields residents consistently and proudly made civic contributions to townships.