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  • Visitors from China tour the Trail of The Tin Dragon

    Visitors from China tour the Trail of The Tin Dragon

    International and National Delegates attending a UTas academic symposium in Launceston took time out to tour North East Tasmania's Trail of The Tin Dragon last week.

    L:R  Dr Hai Qing Yu (University of NSW); Dr Mitchell Rolls (CAIA, UTas); Dr Cassandra Pybus (University of Sydney); Dr Lucy Frost (UTas); Dr Harriet Ritvo (MIT); Mr Kelly Auton (Branxholm Resident); Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Moser (Zhejiang University); Professor Zonjie Wu (Zhejiang University) Professor Guan Changlong (Zhejiang University; Chun Yan (PhD Student, Zhejiang University)
     

    Commencing in Launceston the group visited Branxholm, Derby, Moorina, Weldborough, Blue Tier and St Helens before heading to Hobart.

    The group, among the first to see the new Interpretive Markers at Branxholm and Moorina, visited the site of Ah Moy's shop and walked along the Great Briseis Water Race before warming up with a hearty lunch at the Tin Dragon Interpretation Centre & Cafe at Derby.

    They commented on what a fantastic presentation the audio visual story at the Tin Dragon Interpretation Centre is; very powerful and moving.

    Moorina, with it's new Interpretive Marker, was next stop, and of great interest to the visitors, particularly those from China, was the Chinese Burning Tower and Memorial located in the adjacent Cemetary.

    Passing through Weldborough it was 'everyone off the bus' for the site of the Chinese Camp - former home of the Temple of Guan Di, now located at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery at Royal Park, Launceston.

    Our visitors were 'blown away' by the magnificent scenery along the way as we climbed the mountain passes en route to Poimena onThe Blue Tier (The Mountain of Tin).

    Lucky indeed, we were enjoying a magnificant clear sunny day.  The air was crystal clear and the unobstructed 360 degree views from the top were breathtaking!

    Leaving the mountains behind it was on to St Helens on the beautiful East Coast for a visit to view the wonderful collections at the St Helens History Room and the story of the 'Celestial Sojourners' told in the brilliant new 'Chinese Connection' attraction located on the same site.

    This is where we parted company as our visitors travelled onward down the magnificent East Coast towards Hobart to take in MONA, Salamanca Market, TMAG and Port Arthur over the following two days.

     

  • View from Poimena - Blue Tier

    View from Poimena - Blue Tier

    Poimena - Blue Tier (Mountain of Tin)

  • Moorina Historic Cemetary

    Moorina Historic Cemetary

    Chinese burning tower and memorial - Moorina, Trail of the Tin Dragon, North East Tasmania

  • New Additions to the Trail of The Tin Dragon at Branxholm & Moorina

    New Additions to the Trail of The Tin Dragon at Branxholm & Moorina

    The long awaited Trail of The Tin Dragon interpretive markers being installed at Branxholm & Moorina last week.