This engraving shows hundreds of people rioting with police and stage coaches on the road to Clunes. Miners went on strike in September 1873 when management at the South Clunes mine told their workers that new contracts would not be accepted unless they agreed to work a Saturday afternoon shift. The dispute went on until 8 December when word spread that Chinese miners were coming to break the strike. Miners and their family took to the streets of Clune, and set up a barricade against the Chinese on 9 December. The coaches carrying Chinese miners from Creswick were forced to turn back when they were pelted with stones.
Created: 29 September 2006