Bar-Lun Sui-Yee Wui - Barron River Memorial Festival
Stratford Heritage Trail

Around 1890 two Chinese men drowned when their boat load of bananas capsized at the mouth of the Barron River. The Chinese community honoured their memory every August by sailing to the mouth of the Barron and burning candles, scattering joss paper and throwing provisions overboard so 'the deceased might not hunger on their journey to the celestial abode.'

This annual event became known as the Bar-Lun Sui-Yee Wui, (Barron River Memorial Festival) and from around 1930 onwards it was held at San Remo (Machans Beach). 

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