WHAT’S Cel­e­brat­ing Chi­nese Cul­ture at Sov­er­eign Hill

ON IS FILLED WITH A WIDE RANGE OF EVENTS TO EX­CITE AND IN­SPIRE. BY JENNY BURNS.

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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 pro­ces­sional dragon. Another high­light is parts of a pro­ces­sional 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 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.

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