The long awaited memorial welcome gate ‘Pai Fang', has been carved, painted and checked out by Chinese experts on historical monuments, it will be erected on Chinaman’s Beach at Robe this Friday.
Chinese Festival organiser, Jamie Aiken, said this has been a project six months in the making.
“We set out to create a truly respectful memorial to our rich history with Chinese migrants arriving in Australia,” he said.
“In the best traditions of cultural cooperation, the design was created by highly respected Robe architect Tim Rogers, using Australian spotted Gum as the material, then sent to China for ratification of its authenticity, and to ensure it is respectful in every sense.
“The calligraphy was created by Master Wong a renowned expert in the art of calligraphy.
“The carving was done by Mr Charles Zhang a well known Chinese wood carver from Ballarat, and painted by the Mayor of Robe Peter Riseley and a Chinese student from Beijing Penny Pang.
“Finally it is being erected by Robe builders on the beach where the first of 16500 Chinese migrants stepped ashore from the tall ship Land O Cakes in 1857.
“This is an important part of the History of SA and especially Robe and the Limestone Coast.
“It will last for hundreds of years and serve as a reminder of the regions strong ties with our Chinese friends.
“One week on, May 6 and 7 the Pai Fang will be the centre piece of our Chinese Festival and the start of the re-enactment of the Great Walk from Robe to the gold fields of Ballarat.”
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Read about the Pai Fang carving here