Who Am I? Bridging the Pacific - From Guangdong to Barkerville and Back Exhibition
Presented by Barkerville Historic Town
In association with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Barkerville Historic Town celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary (150th year) by launching a unique travelling exhibition in 2012. This exhibition illustrates the role the early Chinese settlers played in the Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada through the Barkerville collection of historic photographs, including the portraits of C.D. Hoy, a Chinese photographer and businessman.
During the Cariboo Gold Rush (1861 to 1871), thousands of people from all over the world stampeded up the Fraser River to the Barkerville area in the search for gold. One of the largest groups was the Chinese from Wuyi County and Guangzhou in Guangdong province in South China.
Today Barkerville's beautifully preserved Chinatown and Chinese cemetery are one of the oldest and largest heritage sites remaining of overseas Chinese in North America. Its extensive collection of buildings, archival records, photographs, and artifacts help in the preservation. This exhibition was first staged at Sun Yet Sen Garden (built in traditional classical Chinese style) Vancouver, British Columbia, before touring to Hong Kong, its first stop in China.
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Unidentified Chinese man, circa 1910
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Wong Kong Gee operating a hydraulic monitor in the Beaver Pass area.
1/F Lobby, Hong Kong Museum of History