The Henry Ah Ping Sculpture Walk in Branxholm celebrates the North East’s Chinese Heritage.
The Ah Ping alluvial mine having remained undisturbed for nearly 100 years has revegetated with man ferns, Myrtle and Sassafras. With remnant tall eucalypts, a natural grotto still shows evidence of manual mining techniques, including moss-covered rock heaps and a tail race that stills flows with water in the wetter months. Thanks to a grant program, the mine site is now accessible.
You can read a brief history of Henry Ah Ping and the Chinese miners of Branxholm in our (renovated) settlers hut before taking an easy 20 minute circuit walk along the Ormuz/Arba water race and the Jubilee tail race into the mine. Here you can contemplate the feeling of place – “by putting oneself in another’s position, your wisdom reveals”.
From Branxholm bridge take a short drive beside the Ringarooma River, up the hill to the car park next to the Settler’s hut. A public toilet is available. The site is open each day from 1000 to 1600. Entry is free.
You may wish to experience more of our local history at the community museum and Tin Dragon Interpretation Centre located in Derby.