Chinese history in Australia goes back a lot further than most people think
- and that includes China trade.
"If you go to Darwin, you will find artefacts from Chinese traders who traded with aboriginal people hundreds of years ago," says Australia-based cultural advisor to global, regional and localised leaders who are stepping up to the challenges of multiculturalism, @Debby Lo-Dean.
National Museum of Australia records refer to Matthew Flinders noting that the Aboriginal people of the Gulf of Carpentaria seemed familiar with "firearms and iron tools. He reported seeing pieces of earthen jars, bamboo latticework and other articles which he thought to be of Chinese origin". What that says is that Chinese traders were trading with Aboriginal people evidentially according to Flinders well before 1750.
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