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Chinese market gardeners

FreeAccessibleCentral Auckland

Thursday 17 October, 2pm-3pm


Epsom Community Library

195 Manukau Road, Epsom

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Contact Pam Bathgate:

09 377 0209


Event details

Chinese men arrived in New Zealand in the 1860s to mine for gold.

Raised in self-sufficient villages, these men planted vegetables for their own use, and sold the surplus. Before long, chinese gardeners were supplying fresh vegetables to all the goldfields.

When the gold ran out, many of the miners moved to urban areas and took up market gardening. In the 1970s, there were 600 chinese market gardeners in New Zealand.

Historian Lisa Truttman delves into the fascinating history of the chinese market gardens in Epsom and One Tree Hill.

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