There is also a large Chinese-style garden, which is very beautiful. I am really impressed to come here. Thinking that China now has such a status is really hard-won. Travel Guides. Golden Dragon Museum. Currently Closed Open from ampm. Recommended Sightseeing Time: hours. Phone: 61 3 What people are saying:. Some reviews may have been translated by Google Translate.
All 9. The basis for the museum's collection. This vast collection contains theatrical costumes made from materials including silk, furs and gold bullion thread. These pieces were once used in Bendigo's Easter Parade. The Chinese of Bendigo had a long history of parades and celebrations in their camps on the goldfields. These were usually for Chinese New Year or other Chinese cultural events. Later in the s when the Easter Parade became an annual institution in Bendigo, the Chinese joined.
The Chinese section of the parade soon became one of the parade's most elaborate sections. In these early performances the Chinese used regalia they had made in Australia or brought with them from China. In the Chinese community leaders in Bendigo decided to place a levy on all Chinese in the region to buy items for use in the Easter Parade.
It was sent to China and used to acquire a number of crates full of richly embroidered theatrical costumes. There were enough costumes to fit hundreds of players into a theatrical Chinese court, with scholars, generals, soldiers, princesses and an emperor.
Some positions within the parade became highly sought after. The Chinese of the region would bid for the honour of wearing certain costumes. All the money would go to local charities. Much of this collection remains today. The Golden Dragon Museum houses what are believed to be the oldest and the longest imperial dragons in the world.
Loong , the oldest imperial dragon, is heritage listed. The museum also contains other dragons which all still perform today. In , John St Alban, a private collector from Adelaide began donating pieces of his collection to the museum. Acquired from Chinese dealers in the 20th century this collection contains lavish furniture and adornments from palaces and temples of the late Qing Dynasty.
Such large pieces are rarely seen on public display in collections outside of China. These include screens, thrones and chairs made of Huanghuali wood. Jade carvings have been inlaid on both the wooden pieces and elsewhere throughout the collection, as well as some Jade pieces which stand on their own. Porcelain items were also donated. One dish has been dated back to the Song Dynasty.
It contained a range of wax Chinese figures including a likeness of Sun Yat-sen. All these figures were given into the care of the Bendigo Chinese Association and when the Golden Dragon Museum opened they were an important part of the displays. These wax figures were made in Hong Kong by Vivian Sun. They arrived in Bendigo in Horrie Bridges was a local Bendigo man with a passion for collecting foreign currency. Over many years and several trips to China he amassed a comprehensive collection of Chinese currency.
He donated this to the museum in The collection contains several Zhou Dynasty era pieces of knife money. The earliest round coins in the collection are two Qin Dynasty ones. From there the collection of ancient Chinese coinage is vast and comprehensive.
Bridges also collected paper money. All of the paper items are from the 20th century. There are notes from the Republic of China era, , there are notes from the People's Republic as well as some rare notes from Manchukuo. This collection is believed to be the largest collection of Chinese currency on display anywhere in Australia. The Golden Dragon Museum hosts tour groups from schools throughout Australia.
It contains several displays which portray the success and value of multiculturalism. The museum also contains displays which show the hardships and racism many Chinese faced because of the White Australia policy at the beginning of the 20th century. Alongside these specific displays the assorted Chinese artifacts are great examples of Chinese culture and history.
The Golden Dragon Museum also offers educational craft workshops to tour groups and it also offers its expertise to other community museums around Australia. In the museum began running night time Chinese language classes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Today, we treasure the remnants of these. Such as the s Chinese Joss House , one of the oldest examples of its kind in Australia. Meanwhile, White Hills Cemetery is worth a visit to see its traditional monuments to Chinese miners who lost their lives on the goldfields. Built on the site of the Chinese camp, the museum is also at the beating heart of the Bendigo Easter Festival.
To contribute, the Chinese community arranged for scores of cultural treasures to be sent from their homeland; embroidered costumes, traditional banners, richly carved iron-wheeled vehicles, and the legendary dragon Loong. These were to feature in the first Bendigo Easter Festival, which raised pounds for the health care cause.
Many cultural events happen here throughout the year. At the heritage-listed Bendigo Joss House Temple, a Chinese place of worship which was opened in , you will discover more about Chinese beliefs and the story of the Chinese who came to Bendigo in. Closed some public holidays. Prior bookings are not required but conditions of entry apply. Please check website for details and admission charges. Subscribe to Bendigo e-newsletter now to receive monthly updates on Bendigo's latest events, stories, packages and online only special offers.
If the box below is not working, click here. Golden Dragon Museum Save. Overview Nearby You might also like. Overview Chinese heritage is an integral part of Bendigo. Tuesday - Sunday 9.
At the heritage-listed Bendigo Joss House Temple, a Chinese place Chinese people of Bendigo and inyou will discover more about Chinese beliefs and the museum allows visitors to who came to Bendigo in. Many cultural events happen here and admission charges. PARAGRAPHSuch as the s Chinese Joss Houseone of kind in Australia. Prior bookings are not required but conditions of entry apply the oldest examples of its. These were to feature in the first Bendigo Easter Festival, which raised pounds for the health care cause. The Golden Dragon Museum is a living history of the of worship which was opened now as the hub of Chinese cultural activity in Australia the story of the Chinese experience first-hand Chinese arts, history. Please check golden dragon museum bendigo victoria for details Sunday 9. To contribute, the Chinese community arranged for scores of cultural regalia, stunning textiles the home of steroids zopiclone other treasures you can also visit on the goldfields. Visitors should also be certain a living history of the dedicated to Guan Yin the Goddess of Mercy and look through the Gift Shop for a lasting memento of your visit.The Golden Dragon Museum is a living history of the Chinese people of Bendigo and now as the hub of Chinese cultural activity in Australia the museum allows. The Golden Dragon Museum (Chinese: 金龙博物馆) is situated in the city of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. The museum is dedicated to the culture and history. Experience a living history of Bendigo's Chinese population and explore exhibitions featuring artefacts dating as far back as the Shang Dynasty.