Anti-Chinese riots at Lambing Flat

Anti-Chinese riots at Lambing Flat


Chinese in Lambing Flat Riots, December 1860.
Image courtesy of the National Archives of Australia.
30 June, 1860

The worst of a series of riots erupts on the Burrangong goldfields between Chinese and European miners over gold sites and resources. On 30 June at Lambing Flat, a mob of 3000 Europeans drives the Chinese off the goldfield. Two weeks later, miners attack a police camp in retaliation for the police’s handling of the riot, leaving one person dead and many injured.

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