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Lambing Flat. (Petition from Certain Inhabitants of Sydney RespectingAlleged Maltreatment of the Chinese.) [with] Lambing Flat. (Petition from Hu Foo, Kylong, and Other Chinamen.) [with] Lambing Flat. (Report from Gold Commissioner on Petition of Su San Sing Doh.)
- Sydney, Govt Printer March - May 1861. Three leaves foolscap, disbound; 2pp;2pp;1p respectively. The basest level of claptrap about Lambing Flat I've come across was on a website called ironbark where a bad drawing of a beefcake gay St Ned slaying a Chinese dragon heads a reprint of Frank Clune's - or P.R. Stephensen's - drooling account of the riots. My amusement turned sour as I found that this rotted swill is still being churned over on other whites only websites. That aside here we have a petition from 31 unnamed residents of Sydney protesting against the treatment of Chinese in general, on the goldfields and in particular at Lambing Flat. The petitioners point out that most of the ill treated Chinese are British subjects from Hong Kong, equal in law to any European Australians. Those that aren't from Hong Kong are "entitled by the laws of nature, of nations, and of religion" to protection. The petition from Hu Foo and Other Chinamen - 43 in all - seeks compensation totalling near five thousand pounds for destruction of their property. In the last report here the Commissioner gets to work sorting out these pesky Chinamen. His detective established that Su Sang Sing Doh [sic] owned nothing like the stores he claimed were destroyed - "not five pounds worth" - and will be "most particular" in preventing "other Chinese from attempting to impose claims for which there may not be any foundation."
      [Bookseller: Richard Neylon]
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