Ovens & Murray Advertiser

This Day in History, 1857


WITH ceremony befitting the importance of the occasion, the Chinese community of Beechworth opened the structure which would be the focal point of their religious ceremonies on the goldfields.

The Beechworth Joss House, the first of a number which would be built, was originally constructe­d of canvas.

The Chinese community had invited a number of European guests to the opening, to watch the fireworks and partake of the Chinese dishes especially prepared for the occasion. Visitors were also invited to enjoy a pipe of Turkish tobacco or opium, and to chance their luck at the gambling tables - two leisure activities to which most of the Chinese seemed to be addicted.

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