Norman Creek Chinese Market Garden

Stage Number: MBSH.02.02.14

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Fairfield-Annerley

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: 24 Arnwood Place

Latitude & Longitude: -27.51164444,153.03910556

Time Link: 1887

Map Link: 1887

Image Time Point: 1887

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In the late nineteenth century the Chinese held a significant part of the local market vegetable supply across the old South Brisbane district, such that in 1887 a branch of the Queensland Anti-Chinese League was formed on the Thompson Estate. Dr Thomas Stephens recalled in 1988 that in his childhood at the Junction Park rifle range, cadets would fire at targets at Stephens Mountain on the other side of the Norman Creek valley, and that bullets whistling over their heads of Chinese market gardeners below. [Note that the location is an approximation]


Anti-Chinese Meeting. The Brisbane Courier. Friday 7 January 1887, p. 5; Erica Ferroff (Edited). A Century of Achievement. A History of The Centenary Committee of the Junction Park State School. Junction Park State School and the Annerley District. The Centenary Committee of the Junction Park State School. 1988. p. 61.

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