30 Jun 1861 - Lambing Flat riot

#OnThisDay 30 June 1861 was the infamous Lambing Flat riot. The goldfields in the Burrangong region of New South Wales had seen much unrest and hostility towards Chinese miners, by European gold diggers, in the months leading up to the attack at Lambing Flat (now called Young). During the riot a large mob attempted to drive Chinese miners off the goldfields, destroying tents, possessions and attacking and injuring many miners.

The mob's leaders were arrested, however this did not stop the violence and on 14 July the mob retaliated and attacked the Police camp. In November 1861 the Chinese Immigration Regulation and Restriction Act was passed, limiting Chinese migration to NSW.


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