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The book review of Vivienne McWaters’ book “Beechworth Little Canton” previously published in this blog, laid an important foundation for stimulating a parliamentary speech by a Federal Australian MP, Ms Michelle Rowland. This speech is now published in Hansard, which is a Parliamentary record. It would appear that her speech is a catalyst, in the near future, for the acknowledgement of the past wrongs or some form of statement of regret by the Australian Parliament, The full text of the Ms Rowland’s speech is enclosed. Her recorded speech in parliament is also available as shown in facebook under Erin Chew, the Vice-President of CCCA Inc. (NSW). Who wrote:

Michelle Rowland sticking her neck out for the Chinese Australian community and for the Asian Australians who suffered under the White Australian policy!

A response to Michelle Rowland, MP, speech in the National Parliament, Canberra.
By Dr Anthony Pun, OAM, National President, Chinese Community Council of Australia is shown below.

The Chinese Australian community is indeed indebted to Michelle Rowland MP, for her courageous statement about the “bad” old days of legislative discrimination against the early Chinese gold miners in Australia, commonly known as the White Australia Policy. The acknowledgement of past wrong doings is a prerequisite for the nation to look forward to a future of harmonious, cohesive and united multicultural society where all communities contribute to the development and future of the nation. On behalf of the Chinese Community Council of Australia, I wish to thank Ms Rowland for her kind remarks and in the future, she will be warmly remembered by the Australians of Chinese descent for her milestone parliamentary speech.

It is interesting to note that Ms Daphne Lowe-Kelly mentioned in the speech is also the National Secretary of the Chinese Community Council of Australia.

The author hope that Australia would follow New Zealand, Canada and the US in acknowledging the past wrongs in discriminating against their Chinese settlers.

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“My friend Vivienne is a humble librarian in a small Victorian town, but she has written well on the history of the Chinese Gold Miners in Australia during the 19th century.”


The book “Beechworth’s Little Canton” tells a 19th Century Story about Chinese gold miners in Australia.

Beechworth is a country town in the State of Victoria, Australia. You can find its location when you go to Google Map and type in Beechworth, Victoria.

My friend Vivienne McWaters, is an Australian country girl of Cornish extraction and had lived in the town of Beechworth for many years. Eversince she discovered artifacts of Chinese porcelain in her backyard, she continued to dig and research the Chinese settlement in the town of Beechworth for many years.

Being a housewife, and between caring for children and husband, she spent most of her free time digging and researching Chinese settlement history. She was a humble Librarian in the local town and through her patience, perseverance and commitment; she managed to put her research into little stories of the Chinese community in Beechworth during the 19th century.

As you read her book, you can find a lot of unintended humor despite the anti-Chinese euphoria, the White Australian Policy and legislative discrimination against the Chinese gold miners. These are simple stories and yet they contain so much historical facts about the early Chinese settlers in Australia. There is no cover-up in these stories as they tell the truth, no matter how ugly it was.

It is a recent phenomenon in Australia where a number of academic historians have begun to write the true history of the treatment of Chinese gold miners without the slightest intention of “sweeping” these ugly facts under the carpet. It is healthy for a nation to acknowledge the past wrongs and move on.

As a humble librarian, Vivienne has shown herself to be a powerful illustrator of a piece of “not so pleasant” Australian history and to tell it to the world as it was. Her story telling style beats reading volumes of “boring” history textbooks. The efforts of Vivienne and others like her, has made it possible for the inclusion of Chinese Australian history in the curriculum of Victorian high schools. It is hoped that this example will also be taken up by other States in Australia.

I wish to thank Vivienne for her contribution and courage to tell the truth by writing true history without distortion and denial. For her efforts, the Chinese Australian community, and particularly those descendants of the affected families, will be greatly indebted to her for bringing out the truth about their ancestors who came to Australia in the mid-19th century.

Extract from Vivienne’s book Beechworth Little Canton



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