Applying for a garden.
In Ballarat in 1897, Ho Way put in an application for a Residence and Business Area along the Yarrowee near Humffray Street, in 1897, which was a popular area for market gardens.
Although Ho Way was able to sign his name in English, some applications were signed in Chinese, or with a cross if the applicant was illiterate.
Paying a yearly fee to the Mining Department was much cheaper than buying land freehold, and many people in Ballarat, whether Chinese and European, built houses and ran businesses using a Residence and Business Area right, only available in auriferous (i.e. gold-bearing) areas.
Ho Way also included a map of the area he wanted, quite near the former Woollen Mills on the Yarrowee River.
Today there is no trace of the gardens, buildings, dams or fences, that existed in Ho Way’s day.
Text by Elizabeth Denny.