Barkerville in Cariboo Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
Chee Kung Tong Building
L’Édifice Chee Kung Tong
Ce rare exemple d’édifice Chee Kung Tong du XIXe siécle se conformait à une tradition de cette société de bienfaisance chinoise, le rez-de-chaussee logeant les services aux membres et l’étage, les fonctions officielles. Dortoir, cuisine, salles de rencontre et de culte devenaient un refuge où trouver soutien, travail et abri. Les règles d’adhésion, les services charitables, les cérémonies et les célébrations de la société favorisèrent l’essor d’un sentiment d’appartenance chez de nombreux immigrants chinois et la pormotion des relations personnelles et commerciales au sein des premiers quartiers chinois du Canada.
Erected 2008 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Location. Touch for map. This marker is located in Barkerville Provincial Park, site #69 on the Barkerville interpretive map. Marker is in this post office area: Barkerville, British Columbia V0K 1B0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cornish Wheel & Pump (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Cariboo Gold Fields (approx. half a kilometer away); Richfield Courthouse (approx. 1.4 kilometers away).
Regarding Chee Kung Tong Building. In 1858 the Cariboo Gold Rush began in British Columbia. The town of Barkerville was not founded until 1862 when Billy Baker and his partners discovered gold in the area. Today Barkerville's surviving buildings have been renovated (several more have been duplicated based on historical evidence) and turned into a living history museum.
"In 2008, [the Chee Kung Tong] building was designated as a Canadian National Historic Site in recognition of its cultural significance to the Chinese.
...The word tong usually means meeting place in Chinese but can also mean association, ancestors'
...The Chee Kung Tong, also known as the Chinese Free Masons, operated this building as there hostel and meeting room from at least 1874 to 1949. Members lived here at no cost, provided they did their share of wood cutting and other chores. Newly arrive Chinese could also bunk here until they found other accommodation. Men who were sick or who had no other place to stay could rely on this hostel as well, especially during the winter months."
Source: The Traveler's Site Guide to Barkerville Historic Town
Also see . . .
1. Barkerville - British Columbia's Gold Rush Town. Barkerville Heritage Trust (Submitted on May 20, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. The Hongmen or Chee Kung Tong in British Columbia. Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon (Submitted on May 20, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 976 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on May 18, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.