Chinese Museum ~ Chinatown Melbourne ~ stairwell
It was the discovery of gold in 1851 which attracted Chinese immigration to Victoria on a large scale. Ships sailed to Australia from Hong Kong with their cargo of men who had come in search of the “New Gold Mountain”.The small but burgeoning Chinese community in Little Bourke Street provided for all the needs of the diggers – lodgings en route to the goldfields, food, equipment and medicine.
Chinatown’s history can be discovered at the Chinese Museum situated in Chinatown Melbourne between Lonsdale Street and Little Bourke Street in Cohen Place.
The heritage streetscape of Chinatown Melbourne has been well preserved, with few buildings reaching over three storeys in height.
About Chinatown Melbourne ~ click here