Chinese miners

Topic: Local and global connections: Chinese Australians
Student activity
Geography: Year 1 and Year 2

This is the student activity 1 of 6 of the People and places: Chinese Australians learning activity.

Task No. 1

Chinese miners

View source 1 as a group.

Chinese miners first came to Australia to mine for gold during the gold rush in the 1850s. After the gold rush some stayed and made their life in Australia. Chinese people continue to move (migrate) from China to work and live in Australia.

Source 1: Chinese gold miners, Ballarat, Victoria, 1858. Detail from watercolour painting by George Rowe.

Ballarat / George Rowe


People have a connection to their place of birth and are connected to places for other reasons as well, (ie.somewhere you like to visit on holidays).

Formulate questions for inquiry:

  • What places are we connected to?
  • How and why are some Australians connected to China and to Chinese places and events?
  • What factors affect people’s connections to places?