Poverty and Riches
Unknown photographer, Young Fun family, Ng Young Fun (George Young) with wife Wing Sing and children Harry, Clara, Mary, Willie and Lily, Bendigo, photograph, circa 1900.Contributors
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Like all miners, Chinese diggers could be lucky or unlucky on the goldfields.
Some were successful, finding gold and returning triumphant to their homeland. Others settled in Australia and started new ventures with their new families.
Ng Young Fun, pictured here with his Chinese-born wife Wing Sing and children Harry, Clara, Mary, Willie and Lily, circa 1900, was one of the success stories.
Ng Young Fun, also known as George Young, was born in Whampoa in Guangzhou (Canton), Southern China.
In the 1850s he walked overland from New South Wales to Bendigo seeking gold.
He made his fortune re-processing mining tailings, employing European labour in his mining works. He lived in Eaglehawk, near Bendigo.
In the early 20th century he and his wife and children returned to China. Although he died there, his children came back to Australia and were allowed to remain because they were Australian-born.
With thanks to Leigh McKinnon of the Golden Dragon Museum.