From minority to majority: Chinese on the Palmer River gold-field, 1873-1876

Kirkman, Noreen (1993) From minority to majority: Chinese on the Palmer River gold-field, 1873-1876. In: Reynolds, Henry, (ed.) Race Relations in North Queensland. James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia, pp. 243-257.

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Gold on the Palmer River and the series of rushes which resulted from 1873 attracted a large influx of Chinese initially from the southern colonies and then in thousands directly from China in numbers unprecedented in the Australian colonies. By the close of 1876 Chinese merchants and miners numbered 18,000, 90% of the total population. As the gold field administration was unable with the sheer pace of the incoming population, legislation was passed to prevent Chinese from mining on new gold fields.

Item ID: 26810
Item Type: Book Chapter (Later Edition)
Keywords: Palmer River, Chinese; gold fields
ISBN: 978-0-86443-484-5
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 03:47
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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