From minority to majority: an account of the Chinese influx to the Palmer River goldfield 1873-1876

Kirkman, Noreen (1978) From minority to majority: an account of the Chinese influx to the Palmer River goldfield 1873-1876. In: Reynolds, Henry, (ed.) Race Relations in North Queensland. James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia, pp. 237-254.

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Abstract

The series of gold rushes to the Palmer River in remote northern Queensland from 1873 attracted a large influx of Chinese initially from the southern colonies, kindling antipathies long established there, and then in thousands directly from China. This paper described the waves of Chinese arrivals who by the close of 1876 made up 90% of the total population. Preoccupied with revenue-raising because of official pressure, the gold field administration was unable with the sheer pace of the incoming population.

Item ID: 24931
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: Palmer River, Chinese, gold fields
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 05:10
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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