Reeves, K. & Mountford, B. (2007). Court records and cultural landscapes: Rethinking the Chinese gold seekers in central Victoria. Provenance: The journal of Public Record Office Victoria,6 30-41. Australia: Public Record Office Victoria.
This article examines the Chinese goldseekers and the historical mining landscape of central Victoria in the context of the locality of Vaughan Springs, situated along the Loddon River in the central Victorian goldfields. The article uses a close reading of legal records and contemporary newspaper and mining wardens’ reports to explore the experiences of the region’s Chinese community. This approach aims to uncover both the nature of Chinese experiences on the diggings and the complexities of an emergent goldfields culture during the gold rush era. By synthesising primary source archival documents with the relic mining landscape of the Mount Alexander diggings, this article seeks out new understandings of Chinese cultural life and practice in the region.
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