|Next stop Bendigo to catch up with family.
Bendigo is a grand and gracious city. It was the place of one of the world’s most exciting gold rushes, with more gold found here between 1850 and 1900 than anywhere else in the world. The city is literally built on gold, gathered from the rich gold-bearing quartz reefs.
Around nine billion dollars worth of gold was found in Bendigo, making it the second highest producing gold field in Australia after Kalgoorlie, and seventh richest field in the world. Historic and elaborate bank buildings line the main streets, with gold smelter chimneys an ever-present reminder of the riches from the gold fields.
In the mid-1800s, 20 per cent of Bendigo’s population hailed from China. They came as miners and merchants, bringing their customs, culture and beliefs to the goldfields. Today, we treasure the remnants of these. Such as the original Chinese Joss House. This exquisite building of ritual was painted deep red; a symbol of strength and vitality. Indeed its hand-made brick construction has lasted since the 1860s, making it one of the oldest examples of its kind in Australia.