Loong of Bendigo
Loong, China, c1890. Papier mache, bamboo, silk, cotton, handcut mirrors, brass, feathers.Contributors
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Bendigo Chinese Association
Loong, Bendigo's dragon, is entirely handmade, is one of the oldest imperial dragons in the world and the best preserved.
Loong of Bendigo was custom built in China for the Bendigo Chinese community around the time of Federation. He took part in the procession in Melbourne to celebrate Federation in 1901 and retired in 1970. This image shows his head.
Bendigo has been an important centre of Chinese-Australian culture since the gold rush era. Bendigo's annual Easter Festival has had a traditional Chinese dragon dance since 1879, when the Chinese community joined the Bendigo Easter Procession to raise funds for Bendigo's Benevolent Asylum and hospital.
Of all the goldfields towns, Bendigo has maintained the strongest links with its Chinese heritage, continuing to the present day.
To read more about Loong and the story of the Bendigo Chinese Community, visit the Culture Victoria story Dai Gum San, Big Gold Mountain