Author traces the footsteps of Chinese miners forced to walk 470 km | Bendigo Advertiser


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AN ACCOMPLISHED author plans to trace the footsteps of Chinese miners forced to walk hundreds of miles from South Australia to central Victoria in the 19th century. The State Library of Victoria awarded Alison Wong a $ 15,000 scholarship to research, walk and write about her experiences. She will follow in the footsteps of the 14,000 miners forced to walk from South Australia to gold fields like Bendigo to avoid taxes and fees. The laws were specifically designed to discriminate against Chinese miners, and those traveling to Bendigo should have walked at least 470 km after landing in the town of Robe in South Australia. More news: COVID-19 cases remain below 1,000, nine new deaths recorded “I will write about their experiences and my journey as I remember it,” Ms. Wong said. “So it’s going to be a collection of stories weaving into each other, I think.” Ms. Wong’s debut novel As the Earth Turns Silver was shortlisted for the Australian Prime Minister’s Award in 2009. She writes a mix of fiction and creative non-fiction. “This project is going to be a kind of creative essay and memory, not fictional,” Ms. Wong said. Ms. Wong’s exact experiences remain to be determined. Destinations will most likely include historic mining towns like Ararat and Bendigo. Ms. Wong will make this decision based at least in part on research of the collections and resources of the State Library. The library has awarded a total of $ 200,000 to 15 projects that will use its collections to tell new stories about “who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going”. Funding is available to people from all walks of life working in everything from research to literature and performance to dance. Ms. Wong is one of two regional Victorians to receive Marion Orme Page & Regional Arts Victoria Fellowships through the State Library this year. Related Stories: She plans to start her long walk in the fall when weather conditions could be ideal and festivals like the Bendigo Easter Fair could take place, depending on COVID-19 restrictions. The Easter Fair is strongly linked to the Chinese community of Bendigo. It would also give him time to prepare for a critical element. “I have to start training as soon as I have decent shoes on because I’m not very fit,” Ms. Wong joked. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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