During the gold rush of 1851, many Chinese were attracted to Victoria and the goldfields. Ships sailed to Australia from Hong Kong with their cargo of men who had come in search of the "New Gold Mountain".
The small Chinese community in Little Bourke Street provided for all the needs of these diggers, lodgings en route to the goldfields, food, equipment and medicine.
In the 1860s many Chinese district associations began to purchase land in little Bourke Street to build clubrooms which would serve as meeting places for the Chinese community.
From the early 1870s, until the early twentieth century, Chinatown experienced good growth. For as gold dried up on the diggings, those who did not return to China went back to Melbourne's Chinatown which, for those who stayed, represented the only community they had.
Chinatown is found on Little Bourke Street and has existed ever since Chinese prospectors joined the rush to the gold fields in the 1850's. While I find it small compared to many Chinatown’s I have seen overseas (i.e. San Francisco), it is the centre of the Chinese community in Melbourne. The Museum of Chinese Australian History in Cohen Place shows the considerable Chinese contribution to Australian history.
There are some superb restaurants and ‘local’ shops. My favourite was a Chinese furniture and craft shop (just out the back from where I worked) that I was frequently in and out of. At Chinese New Year, the streets come alive of course with the sounds of drums and dragon dances.
is on Little Bourke Street and has existed ever since Chinese prospectors joined the rush to the gold fields in the 1850's. Today it still exists as the centre of the Chinese community. The Museum of Chinese Australian History in Cohen Place shows the considerable Chinese contribution to Australian history.
Go to Chniatown - there are lots of good Chinese restaurants, from cheap and cheerful to expensive.
My favourite would be Mask of China for their lamb cutlet char siew style and also the cheaper Shark fin inn, which serves my favourite roast duck salad.
CHINATOWN is famous for its concentration of fine chinese restaurants and grocers.
If you want to buy some nougats or macadamenia nuts, come to Chinatown for your purchase as it is much cheaper here than those sold in the shopping malls.