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Chinese New Year

Thu, 22 Jan, 2009

News Photo - Chinese New Year

IN 2009 Chinese New Year begins on Australia Day, January 26. All over the country people will celebrate the longest and most important event in the Chinese calendar. Festivities will continue for 15 days.

Australia's Chinatowns

Chinese Immigrants in Australia

There is a long history of Chinese migration to Australia.

As far back as 1750 Chinese traders were visiting the north coast of Australia. Small numbers began to arrive after British settlement of Ausralia in 1788. Then in the 1850s & 60s numbers increased with approximately one third of the Gold Rush miners being Chinese.

To find out more about the Chinese in Australia visit the Chinese Museum website.

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