GPIC November 2017 Bendigo

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Date(s) - 14/11/2017
6:30 pm

Basement on View


GPIC Technical Meeting Bendigo November 2017


At The Tail End; Chinese Working Mine Tailings on the Bendigo Goldfield

James Lerk, Historian




Tuesday 14th November 2017
Nibblies from 6.30pm, Presentation 7.10pm (approx.)



Basement on View
50 View Street, Bendigo VIC (see map)


This presentation will focus on Bendigo’s position as a goldfield, the early discovery first by the Dja Dja Wurrung and on to the European discovery, trace the beginning of the gold rush, the arrival of Chinese in late 1853-4, working the alluvial tailings then on to puddling.  A look at the reef gold and the subsequent crushing of quartz, going on to the speculation in buying up tailings for re-treatment. This then became the province of the Chinese through various restrictions placed on them.  Case studies of individuals and the Chinese entrepreneurs who organised Chinese labour to work and stack the tailings.  A brief insight and analysis of financial information gained through bank records.  There will be a focus Tac Yow and the drama around his life.

About the Presenter

James Lerk was born in the Netherlands and migrated to Australia in 1952 and Bendigo in 1954.  As a boy James explored the abandoned mine sites and dumps as Tributers worked the last of the mines that remained from over a century of gold mining in Bendigo.  He worked in Europe and as teacher and became involved in Bendigo’s heritage, restoring the historic trams and Central Deborah gold mine and worked for the Bendigo Trust as Extension Education officer.  James has a Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies from Deakin University and has published numerous books and written numerous articles on the gold mining history of Bendigo.

Archives of James’ articles in the Bendigo Weekly for the past 6 years can be found at


James will have signed copies of his recent books available for purchase on the night.




To support our Victorian Branch and ongoing future events we kindly ask for a small admission fee from our attendees – AIG Members Free, $10 Non-Members, Students Free.

AIG Victoria will supply nibbles and a refreshment.



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