Murder in Chinatown

ON THIS DAY…… 30th August 1884

Ah Goon had come to Australia in the 1850s to make his fortune on the Victorian goldfields, like many of his fellow Chinamen. However Ah Goon worked out quickly that he could make more money in selling supply’s here in Melbourne, to the Chinese leaving for the Goldfields. On the 30th of August 1884, Ah Goon was found lying in a pool of blood on the floor of his bedroom. He had been punched in the face, knocking him to the floor. Ah Goon fell heavily onto an empty tea chest breaking his neck before being suffocated. He was then stabbed violently in the face. There was a lacerated wound 1 1⁄2 inches long on the right side of the face and both his eyes where blackened. Some Chinese business men offered a reward of £200 for the discovery of the murderer, $25,000 in today’s money. Yet no one come forward. A month later two men were arrested in Ballarat, Ah Lee on the charge of murder and Ah Sue, a Mongolian who was arrested on a charge of being concerned in the murder. Both men were found to have money and rings believed to belong to Ah Goon. As these items could not be proved to belong to Ah Goon, both men were released. This murder is still unsolved.