After arriving in north Queensland in the 1870's to seek their fortune on the Palmer goldfields near Cooktown, many migrants moved on to settle in Cairns, Innisfail and the Atherton Tablelands. By the 1880's the Chinese were well established in the region, pioneering the banana and sugar industries and market gardening. Sachs St (now Grafton Street) became a thriving Chinese business precinct as well as a residential and cultural enclave for the Chinese community.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Lit Sung Goong commemorative sculpture - 93-95 Grafton St
Interpretive signage - Chinese history of Cairns 93-59 Grafton St
Heritage listed Chinese shops (original rich) - 101 Grafton St
Lit Sung Goong Temple site - 95 Grafton St