Asian Studies Program

Chinese Australia

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1238 Australian Chinese petition to the British government

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Very brief report on a petition from representatives of the Chinese in various Australian colonies to the Tsung-li-Yamen in Britain urging the British government to reject the imposition of restrictive immigration policies similar to those enacted in America. The Tsung-li-Yamen was a central Chinese government department set up in 1861 to manage foreign relations.

Source: ‘Chinese immigration in Australia’, The Times, 3 July 1888

Region: Date From: 1888 To: 1888

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The Tsung-li-Yamên has received a telegram from, the representative of the Chinese immigrants in the various Australian colonies, in which the Government is strongly urged to reject any propositions which the British Government may make with a view to negotiate a treaty restrictive of Chinese immigration on the same lines as that recently concluded at Washington.