A Joss House temple for Bendigo’s Chinese miners
The Bendigo Joss House temple was said to be built in the 1860s by Chinese people coming to the Victorian goldfields to find fortune and was used by the community of the Ironbark Chinese Camp in Bendigo. The temple is heritage listed and was restored by the National Trust of Australia between 1959 and 1972.
The main devotions area of the temple is dedicated to a former Chinese general who brought peace and prosperity to China, Guan Di.
The last remaining Joss House example in Victoria
The temple was one of several established by Chinese communities across the goldfields, however this is the last remaining one and thanks to its restoration preserved as part of Australian history.
The temple has a large central area of the temple with an ancestor’s hall to the right. Contents of the temple were researched and imported from China in the 1970s to ensure a traditionally accurate display.
Part of the Bendigo Tramways historical tour.
The Joss House temple is the northern terminus of the Bendigo Tramways historical ‘talking tram’ tour that leaves from the Central Deborah Gold Mine and passes through the CBD.