The history of Chinatown.
Chinese immigrants first came to Victoria in large numbers during the
goldrushes of the 1850s and Melbourne's Chinatown began as a staging
post for the many thousands of Chinese passing through Melbourne on
their way to the goldfields. The overwhelming majority came from small
farming villages in the Sze-Yap (meaning Four Districts) area of
Kwangtung, China's southernmost province. Since the late eighteenth
century, young men from this region had been accustomed to migrate
temporarily to other countries. They sent back money to increase the
prestige of their clans and hoped eventua…
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