Harrietville Chinese Mining Village

Location: Harrietville VIC 3741, Australia

Season: September 30, 2019 to October 26, 2019

Deadline Type: Contact for Details


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Project Director:
Geoff Hewitt

Project Description:

The largely undisturbed 19th Century Chinese Mining Village includes mine workings, water races, building foundations, and gardens: a rare survivor of the heyday of Chinese gold mining in Victoria, Australia. The foundations of at least 19 buildings were discovered during a survey undertaken during Season One fieldwork in 2017. Huge quantities of food, liquor, medicines, utensils, ceramics and even coins were imported from China for the Chinese mining communities. Many fragments of these were discovered during the first excavation in 2017, along with fragments of European tableware ceramics and glass bottles. Our research objectives will be to undertake more extensive excavations on a variety of building sites and gain a greater understanding of the lifestyle of the Chinese miners.

Period(s) of Occupation: 19th Century

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6 Days

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No

Room and Board Arrangements:
Not included but have options for low cost share accommodation

Academic Credit:
Please contact us

Contact Information:

Paul Macgregor





Phone: (613) 579-7015

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