Join the team at Twisted History this week for a range of tours around Victoria’s forgotten history.  From ghost and paranormal investigation tour of the old Geelong gaol to murder and crime tours of Melbourne, Carlton or Chinatown.

For more information and bookings please call 1300 865 800

Join the team at Twisted History as we journey back into Victorias forgotten history. From Crime and murder of Melbourne’s Chinatown, Carlton and Melbourne or ghost and Paranormal Investigation tours of Victoria’s most haunted gaol (old Geelong gaol). For information and bookings please call 1300 865 800

On this day …….. 4th of August 1860

The ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ reports that gold has been found at Lambing Flat, later the scene of Australia’s largest anti-Chinese riots. The region surrounding present-day town of Young in the central southwest of New South Wales was first settled by pioneers seeking good grazing land for their stock. “Burrangong Station”, owned by J.White, was the first station beyond Sydney and the Bathurst area to be included on a colonial map. Burrangong Station included a large area for sheltering ewes during lambing: this became known as Lambing Flat. Towards the end of June 1870, a stockman camped at Lambing Flat noted how the countryside resembled the gold-bearing geography of established goldfields. Washing a few shovelfuls of dirt in a billy, he was rewarded with numerous gold flecks. The Lambing Flat goldfields were subsequently announced in the Sydney Morning Herald on 4 August 1860. At the height of its popularity, the rich alluvial gold deposits attracted a population of around 20 000. While most of the diggers were from other parts of Australia, many migrants came from Europe and North America. Around 1000 miners were Chinese, and they soon became the target of violence from the “white” diggers. Due to unfounded suspicion and mistrust of the Chinese miners, within one year, Lambing Flat was to become infamous, not so much for the gold, but for being the scene of violent anti-Chinese riots.

Join the team at Twisted History as we journey back into Victorias forgotten history. From Crime and murder of Melbourne’s Chinatown, Carlton and Melbourne or ghost and Paranormal Investigation tours of Victoria’s most haunted gaol (old Geelong gaol) or have dinner and explore the paranormal one of Victorias most haunted hotels at Blackwood. For information and bookings please call 1300 865 800

Looking for something to do this weekend?!

Why not join the team at Twisted History at the Geelong Gaol or in Melbourne’s Chinatown.

At Geelong Gaol, the most intact 19th century prison, and the site of many deaths, we still have spaces left on our 8pm Ghost tour both Friday and Saturday nights.  Or if the paranormal is more your speed, we have limited spaces left on our 9.30pm investigation tonight, or a Deadtime tour tonight or the midnight investigation on Saturday night.

In Chinatown, we have limited space left on our 8pm exploration of Little Bourke Street on Saturday night. Join us to hear of murders, crime, drugs and prostitition.

For all tours, please call 1300865800 to book.

On This Day…… 4th July 1857

The Buckland riot was an anti-Chinese race riot that occurred on 4 July 1857, in the goldfields of the Buckland Valley, North East Victoria, Australia, near present-day Porepunkah. At the time approximately 2000 Chinese and 700 European migrants were living in the Buckland area. Anti-Chinese sentiment was widespread during the Victorian gold rush. This resentment manifested on the 4th July 1857 when around 100 European rioters attacked Chinese settlements. The rioters had just left a public meeting at the Buckland Hotel where the riot ringleaders decided they would attempt to expel all the Chinese in the Buckland Valley. Contemporaneous newspaper reports claim that the riot was “led by Americans ‘inflamed by liquor'”. During the riot Chinese miners were beaten and robbed then driven across the Buckland River. At least three Chinese miners died reportedly of ill-health and entire encampments and a recently constructed Joss house were destroyed. Police arrested thirteen European accused rioters, however the empaneled juries acquitted all of major offences “amid the cheers of bystanders”. The verdicts of the juries were later criticized in the press. One of the police involved in the arrests was Robert O’Hara Burke, later of the infamous Burke and Wills expedition.

Aftermath – The Chinese miners were invited to return to the Buckland Valley, however only fifty did so. The Buckland Riot has been compared to the Eureka Stockade uprising in size and intensity, but is not remembered such. A commemorative monument was unveiled in July 2007 to mark the 150th anniversary of the riot.

 

Have you joined us on the darker side of history in Chinatown yet?

Join Madam or Constable Strickland in the most dangerous street in the colony hearing tales of murder, crime, drugs and prostitution.  Hear of the connections to the Eureka Stockade, the Gun Alley murder, Jack the Ripper to name a but a few!

Do you have what it takes …….

Tours run for 90 minutes on Friday and Saturday nights.  Call 1300865800 for more information

ON THIS DAY……. 23rd May 1926

In his opening address at the inquest into the death of Lim Kwong, chinamen aged 62 years, at the Mansfield Court House, Inspector Koetsveld caused a stir. Kwong, who was a Chinese market gardener, was found murdered on this day in 1926. The inspector said that Phillip (Bert) Woods, who was in custody charged with murder, had stated while an inmate of Pentridge Prison that he intended to rob Kwong. Woods was alleged to have added that if the Chinese resisted he would “knock him.” Two prisoners from Pentridge were in court in custody giving evidence.

 

Not sure what to do this Easter weekend? Why not ‘hop’ onto one of the Twisted History tours!! We have availability left for Ghost and Investigation tours on Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday at the Geelong Gaol and Easter Saturday on a murder tour in Chinatown.  Call 1300865800 for more information and bookings

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Join the team this Labour Day long weekend at Geelong Gaol or in Chinatown in Melbourne.  Grab a few friends and join us on a ghost tour, investigation or dead time tour at Geelong Gaol or a Chinatown murder tour in Melbourne.

For more information and bookings, please call 1300865800

The lion dance is an integral part of celebrations during Chinese New Year. The appearance of the lion is considered an auspicious event and is roundly welcome by shop-keepers. The performance of the lion symbolizes success in getting food and wealth, thus associating it with prosperity and good tidings.

It is customary for lion dance groups to be invited by restaurants to visit them as to symbolically bring good luck and prosperity as well as entertain their customers. The restaurant owners and shop keepers will place money in a red envelope tied to a bunch of lettuce, called the “green” at the door for the lion. The “green” represents food for the lion. The act of the lion getting the lettuce and the red packet is called “cai ching”, which literally means “plucking the green”. The street parade where the lion plucks the greens from the shops is called (街採青).

The lion dance is traditionally a very noisy affair. In addition to the drums, cymbals and gongs that accompany the lion’s movements, red fire crackers are set off. The colour red represents life and energy. Noise represents the sounds of life and a busy, prospering business and a healthy lively household.

Welcome to the Year of the Monkey!

Today marks New Years Day in the Chinese calendar.  The Year of the Monkey runs from February 8 until January 27, 2017

If you were born in 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 then you are under the monkey zodiac.  If you are born in 2016 this will make you a red fire monkey – the colour red is auspicious and considered very lucky, while fire is one of the five Taoist elements, alongside water, earth, wood and metal and add complexity to your zodiac.

The year of the monkey is actually considered to be unlucky for those born under the sign of the monkey but it is believed you can turn this around by seeking the blessing of the lucky stars!