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Hidden Treasures: The First Chinese Walk (REPEAT)

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67 Erin Street

Queanbeyan, NSW 2620

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During this walk we will explore the Chinese experience in colonial New South Wales. Repeat of the Heritage Festival Walk on 18 April.

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This is a REPEAT of the Heritage Festival Walk held on 18 April.

You will hear the fascinating story of one of this area’s earliest migrant populations, and visit some associated heritage sites.

Access to skilled and reliable labour was a problem in early New South Wales, and particularly so after convict transportation ended in 1840.  A plan to contract Chinese mechanics and labourers was proposed as early as 1837.  Some of those from the Canberra area that backed the plan were Charles Campbell, George Thomas Palmer, and Thomas McQuoid.  Later, the gold rushes attracted thousands of Chinese miners. Inevitably, some Chinese men married European women, had children and settled down. They went on to run a network of gardens, stores, eating houses and boarding rooms essential to life in towns across the colony.  Henry Lawson celebrated them, and Braidwood’s Quong Tart became as well regarded as the Governor.  

One Chinese-European family became part of the commercial, journalistic and religious fabric of Queanbeyan and Canberra.  The Tankey family story will illustrate the contributions of the early Chinese to the Queanbeyan district, one of whom became the business partner of a militant Canberran that led a national political party.  Hidden symbolic treasures will be revealed!

Be prepared for a mostly urban walk of about 3.5km, with some hilly parts and unpaved sections in a cemetery.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a one way walk with return to the start by a hired coach. The price has been raised to $20 for this walk to cover hire cost.

Meet:  Outside the Queanbeyan Riverside Cemetery. Free, on-street parking is available between No. 61-67 Erin Street and on the nearby cemetery access lane which joins Erin Street. As we will walking through the cemetery, be prepared for some uneven ground and possibly long grass.

Walk Leaders:  Tony Maple, Donna Zhao

Bad weather:  Unless otherwise advised by email, a walk leader will be at the meeting point and a decision will be made as to whether to proceed or postpone.

Note:  For the comfort and safety of other walkers, we do not allow dogs on our walks.

Audio tour guide system: we will be using our new audio tour guide system to help the hard of hearing and to assist in physical distancing. We have two types of earphones - one fits over the ear (not in) and the other over the head. You are welcome to bring your own earphones (with a normal phone jack ie not an Apple lightning connector). The receivers and earphone will be sanitised and you will also be asked to use hand sanitiser before use. The use of the system is optional.

COVID-19 safety: Please check the current ACT health guidelines on protecting yourself and others before booking on this walk. Please note that you must cancel if you are unwell (a refund will be provided on request); you should maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres from other people during the walk and observe good hygiene to prevent the spread of germs. If required, your contact details will be provided to health authorities. For this reason, we are now asking for your phone number. Hand sanitiser will be available before and during the Walk.

Refund Policy: If cancelled more than 7 days prior to the date, a full* refund will be given. Heritage Walks are booked via Eventbrite and can be cancelled via Eventbrite.

If cancelled within 7 days of the event and the place can be filled or if there are exceptional circumstances, a full* refund will be given. (For Heritage Walks, requests should be made to heritagewalksact@gmail.com.)

*If booked online the service providers may withhold their fees.

Note that we have resumed the previous policy for refunds after the change to one day because of COVID. As we regularly have a waiting list for Walks, we appreciate early notice of cancellation is appreciated so we can offer places to those on the waiting list.

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67 Erin Street

Queanbeyan, NSW 2620

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Refund policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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