78.2510 Receipt from James Chung Leong, Chinese Medical Herbalist, 1 Humffray Street South, Ballarat East, 1926.Contributors
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Chinese doctors, herbalists and acupuncturists were widely used by all sectors of the community.
Chinese miners brought doctors and pharmacists with them to the goldfields.
Soon Chinese health practitioners were patronised by Europeans and Chinese alike.
After clashes with the Australian Medical Board, Chinese doctors in Victoria had to call themselves herbalists.
Chinese doctors practised on a circuit, travelling the countryside providing regular services to townships up to the 1930s.
Family stories from older residents of Victorian regional communities tell of parents or grandparents visiting the town's acupuncturist or herbalist for a consultation.