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A new exhibition at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Mu­seum fea­tures one of the most ex­ten­sive Chi­nese arte­fact col­lec­tions, and for the first time in over five decades, reawak­ens Loong, one of Australia’s old­est drag­ons. “Re-awak­en­ing the Dragon” show­cases items once used by Bal­larat’s Chi­nese com­mu­nity for so­cial, cul­tural and re­li­gious cer­e­monies, in­clud­ing the spec­tac­u­lar dragon. An­other high­light is parts of a lion, which like the dragon, was used by the Chi­nese com­mu­nity to cel­e­brate Queen Vic­to­ria’s 1897 Di­a­mond Ju­bilee. Both the dragon and lion are the old­est doc­u­mented ex­am­ples in Australia, and Bal­larat is now only one of four known sites where a Qing Dy­nasty dragon sur­vives in whole or part. The exhibition also in­cludes pro­ces­sional cos­tumes and ban­ners used in the cel­e­bra­tions, which in­cluded a ma­jor pro­ces­sion. Chi­nese tem­ple arte­facts dat­ing back to the 1850–1870s are also on dis­play. On­go­ing, Sovereign Hill’s Gold Mu­seum, 3 Brad­shaw Street, Bal­larat. 5337 1199. sovereign­hill.com.au

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