Fading Links to China: Ballarat's Chinese Gravestones
and Associated Records 1854-1955 was originally
published by the History Department, Melbourne University
in 1992 as part of the Melbourne
University History Research Series. It is reproduced
here courtesy of the History Department of Melbourne
University. It was developed from a series of databases
containing medical, inquest and burial records of Ballarat's
Chinese goldminers from the 19th century.
In locating inquest records, the authors were forced
to search listings for the entire colony of Victoria,
and thus ended up with a computerised database of all
Victorian Chinese inquests from 1850 to 1890. Only the
Ballarat district records were published in Fading
Links' original form. With this online publication
comes the opportunity to make available the full database.
The authors are delighted that Fading Links to China
and its associated databases are now available for online
use. Since Fading Links' initial publication
there has been considerable interest and effort taken
to restore Ballarat's Chinese cemeteries, but gravestones
are eventually damaged and records sadly disappear.
Fading Links makes some attempt to keep these
records safe and useful in perpetuity.
We wish to thank the history department of the University
of Melbourne, the Asian Studies Department of La Trobe
University and specifically John Fitzgerald and Sophie
Couchman for making this online publication possible.
Finally we encourage anyone using these records to
take an inquest number and recover the full transcript
from the Public Record Office. The material here is
so rich that it calls out for further research.
And it turns history into people.
Linda Brumley, Lu Bingqun
& Zhao Xueru