“BEW CHIP’S REGISTER”
A CHINESE PERSPECTIVE ON A HILL END & TAMBAROORA RESIDENT OF 72 YEARS.
(KNOWN LOCALLY IN HILL END AS ‘NEW CHIP’)
Date: Saturday, 30 April 2022
Details: Talk, book launch and Q&A session at the Churh on The Hill
Where: Cnr. Thomas and Denison Streets, Hill End
Lunch: 1-2.30pm locally
Additional Event: 2.30pm – if conditions are favourable, we may be able to visit a small number of Chinese sites in the area. This will be confirmed closer to the event and may invove some bush walking over rough ground to the sites to appropriate footware should be worn.
Presented by Dr. Juanita Kwok Phd.
Historian and Heritage Consultant
Bew Chip, known locally as “New Chip”, was a resident of the Hill End district for 72 years. Arriving in Tambaroora in 1865 at the age of 19, Bew Chip began life as a goldminer. Over a period of twenty-five years between 1865 and 1890, Bew Chip sent gold back to China, initially gold-dust carried by returning countrymen and later gold sovereigns sent through Chinese firms with branches in Sydney and Shekki, near Canton. Bew Chip kept a record of his remittances in a little book, now in the Hill End National Parks and Wildlife Service’s collection. Bew Chip’s register is a rare source of the names and villages of some of Tambaroora’s Chinese mining population, of clan networks and early firms carrying on a remittance trade between Sydney, Hong Kong and China. In this talk, Dr Kwok will discuss Bew Chip’s life and times with Ely Finch, historical linguist, who has translated and annotated the remittance register.
PRESENTED BY HILL END & TAMBAROORA GATHERING GROUP in conjunction with Hill End Arts Council & National Parks & Wildlife Service, Hill End.