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John Alloo’s Chinese restaurant, Ballarat, 1855

John Alloo’s Chinese restaurant, Ballarat, 1855

John Alloo (Chin Thum Lock) owned a restaurant at the gold diggings in Ballarat, Australia, and worked as a government interpreter in Victoria before coming to New Zealand in 1868. Employed as a special constable by the Otago Provincial Council, he travelled all over Otago and Southland, taking part in the more important criminal and civil court cases involving Chinese. Most Chinese in New Zealand were miners who had joined the gold rushes, along with many Australians.

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John Wilson, 'Australians - Sheep farmers, gold miners, soldiers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/610/john-alloos-chinese-restaurant-ballarat-1855 (accessed 18 October 2018)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 10 Mar 2015