9.30am - 5.00pm
1 - 11 Bridge Street Bendigo
Postal Address: PO Box 877
Bendigo VIC 3552
Telephone: +61 3 5441 5044
Facsimile: +61 3 5443 3127
Museum Virtual Tours
Come and virtually visit the galleries and precinct with a tour by Mawby Creative.
The Chinese arrived in Bendigo during the gold rush of the 1850s. In 1854, it was estimated there were 4,000 Chinese on the Bendigo fields.
The Chinese first established themselves in the White Hills area where the present Joss House is and another building which burned down, once housed Loong (the oldest Imperial dragon). They then established communities in the Bridge Street region, for what reason, is unknown.
In 1871 the Chinese community joined the Bendigo Easter Procession to assist in fund raising for charity. The Chinese community gained recognition for their interest and generosity that the community was asked to assist and participate with the Easter Fair. There were scores of finely embroidered costumes, banners of all colours and shapes, richly carved iron wheeled vehicles and musical instruments for Chinese bands. Part of this collection can be seen in the Golden Dragon Museum. In 1892 a local newspaper reported the first appearance of a dragon (Loong) in the Bendigo Easter Procession.
As the gold became scarce many of the Chinese left Bendigo. As time went by, many of the buildings in Chinatown were demolished in the 1960’s.
Because the Chinese were one big community, it has never really been known when the Bendigo Chinese Association officially formed, however, it became incorporated on the 12 March 1986. Its headquarters is located in Bridge Street.
- Public Transport
Please call 131 638 or visit www.viclink.com.au
Car and bus parking is available at Park Road and Farmers Lane.
- Access for People With Assistance Animals
Disability Assistance Dogs and Service Animals are welcome into the museum.
- For more information
If you are planning to bring in a group that has particular access requirements, or if you would like further information about accessibility at the Golden Dragon Museum, please contact us on 5441 5044.
- Photography in galleries
You may take photographs or use a video camera in the galleries, but not with a tripod, monopod or supplementary video lighting.
Flash photography is not permitted.
Photographs or videos taken in the Galleries may only be for personal use. The Museum Management does not permit commercial use of any kind, without authorisation. Applications for commercial use must be submitted in writing for consideration.