A pageant from the Victorian gold fields

The Australasian Sketcher – 1 June 1886


The dramatic performances given by the Chinese of Victoria at the Exhibition-building in aid of the Women’s Hospital Bazaar are the subject of our first illustration. An account of the pageant appears elsewhere.

Here’s the the supporting article with its full description of the ornate costumes and spectacular performances (and its introductory excerpt below).

THE CHINESE PAGEANT. The Chinese pageant, consisting of a procession through the streets of Melbourne and a dramatic performance in the Exhibition-building, brought a large amount to the bazaar which was being held in aid of the Women’s Hospital during the week ending May 15. It occurred to the promoters of the bazaar that the Chinese had given famous entertainments on the gold-fields, which city people had never seen. The Chinese readily agreed to make a display of the dresses, emblems, and appointments of the combined resources of Sandhurst and Beechworth, and Mr. Kong Meng and Mr. Ah Mouy were so good as to guarantee the payment of all the expenses of bringing the accessories to Melbourne and the incidental outlay, so that the whole of the proceeds of the night might be given to the hospital. The procession was made up of kings, soldiers, officers, guides, boys and girls, standard bearers, together with temples, pagodas, Sedan chairs, emblematic banners, and other articles of spectacular value. …………….