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Chinese temple, Round Hill (2nd of 4)

Chinese temple, Round Hill

By 1890 there were about 300 Chinese miners at the Round Hill goldfield near Riverton in Southland. The community built this Chinese public hall and temple, known to Europeans as a Joss house. The building followed the usual form of Chinese temples – front and rear halls, each with an incense pot, connected by an open court. The Chinese script on either side of the door reads, 'May the hall members always have great plenty; may hall compacts all bring peace and prosperity.' This photograph of the building, about 1903, shows a Presbyterian minister, probably the Reverend W. Mawson, on the verandah.

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John Stenhouse, 'Religion and society - Church adherence and attendance, 1840–1920', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 October 2021)

Story by John Stenhouse, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018