In commemoration of 160 years since thousands of Chinese miners arrived to Robe in South Australia and walked to the goldfields throughout Victoria, 20 Pioneer Walkers will re-enact the 552km journey these incredible men and women took.
History of the Walk From Robe:
After The Red Ribbon Rebellion and Eureka Stockade uprising in Ballarat (both relating to miners objecting the expense of a miner’s license), in an attempt to prevent any further unrest, the Victorian government sought to restrict the number of Chinese entering the colony and introduced the Chinese Immigration Act. This limited the entry of Chinese to one person per tonne of ship cargo and imposed a ten pound per head tax on every Chinese person entering a Victorian port. Ship owners caught on quickly and started advertising passage to free ports like South Australia which resulted in the gold seekers having to walk to the goldfields throughout Victoria. The terrible journey which lost many to exhaustion and sickness became known as the "walk from robe".
About The Great Walk:
Starting with a 3 day festival in Robe, South Australia our 20 Pioneer Walkers will take the journey of lifetime as they re-enact this incredible, heroic walk. Walking up to 35km a day, they will stop at 19 towns including; Penola, Casteron, Hamilton and Ballarat finishing on the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne, Victoria.
NOTE: The CCCAV reserves the exclusive rights to reserve any number of kilometre within each of the above categories for its own use and purposes and which shall be excluded from public subscription.