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Parliamentary Paper - Chinese Intercolonial Conference, Government of Victoria, 1881 Object Reg. No: HT 13846

Summary:
Document tabled in the Parliament of Victoria in 1881 entitled 'Chinese Intercolonial Conference'. It was printed in Melbourne by John Ferres at the Government Printing Office. The document is a despatch from the Colonial Secretary of State in London in response to concerns raised at an Intercolonial Conference in Sydney about the introduction of Chinese immigrants by the Western Australian Government. The Secretary states that there would need to be strong evidence of the negative impact, caused by Chinese immigration to Western Australia on the other colonies before the British Government could justify interference in Western Australian policy.

This document highlights the growing concern within the Australian colonies about Chinese immigration. Anti-Chinese sentiment had been increasing in the Australian Colonies since the 1850s, when the discovery of gold in Victoria and New South Wales saw a substantial increase in Chinese immigration. Race related riots at Buckland River in Victoria in 1857 and Lambing Flat in NSW in 1860 were graphic illustrations of the extent of anti-Chinese feeling in the Australian Colonies. Despite this move by Western Australia to allow Chinese immigration, due to labour shortages, by 1888 all the Australian Colonies restricted Chinese Immigration which prepared the way for the Immigration Restriction Act and introduction of the White Australia policy when Australia Federated in 1901.
Description:
Foolscap size, double sided cream paper document, with type on one side.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 34.30 cm (Height), 21.80 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: white australia policy, chinese immigration, immigration policies, government policies, conferences, immigration selection, upper buckland, buckland gold
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Our Federation Journey - Who Didn't Celebrate in May 1901?
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Policy
Tertiary Classification: legislation
Inscriptions: Text: 1881/VICTORIA/CHINESE/(INTERCOLONIAL CONFERENCE)/DESPATCH FROM THE RIGHT HONORABLE THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR/THE COLONIES RELATIVE TO THE REPRESENTATION OF THE INTERCOLONIAL/CONFERENCE RESPECTING THE INTRODUCTION OF CHINESE IMMIGRANTS/BY THE GOVERNMENT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
Printer: John Ferres, Government Printer, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1881
Place & Date Used: Victorian Parliament, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1881

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