I am a keen traveller. Currently rediscovering my own backyard and the rest of Australia. I enjoy nature, history and the quirkiness of what the world has to offer.
Published April 11th 2021
The Burke Museum is a treasure trove of different artefacts from the over centuries. It is a small museum that has a range of displays from First People to European settlement, the role of the Chinese community in the goldfields. As well as natural history displays.
At the back of the museum, community donations collected in 1979 by Roy Harvey, curator, make up the Street of Shops. Look closely at each of the shops as there are many small items that could be easily overlooked but together make up a rich insight into eras gone by.
This Japanese suit armour, 1870s, was brought to Beechworth in 1873 by the Chinese Community. There is also a school of thought that Ned Kelly's armour is based on this. Joe Byrne viewed the armour at the Beechworth carnival and remembered its design.
Japanese suit of armour brought to Australia by the local Chinese community.