W Bardwell, Chang, the Chinese Giant, photograph, 1870.Contributors
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Travelling Chinese circus performers and other entertainers would tour the goldfields, like Chang the Chinese Giant, pictured here.
'Chang the Chinese Giant' toured the Victorian goldfields in 1871.
Chang Woo Gow, born in 1845 in Fychow, China, was 7' 8" (2.3m). He entertained the court of the Chinese Emperor then travelled to England, Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand before retiring to England with his second wife, the Sydneysider Catherine Santley.
The Creswick Advertiser noted 'he is pleasant and affable to all and seemed to take a pride in exhibiting to his astonished countrymen a high silver watch and guard presented to him by Her Majesty the Queen'.