Grinding mill, China, circa 1800s. Image by Jary Nemo.
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The ordinary chores of campsite life were taken care of by group members.
Chinese mining communities were well organised units, with designated specialist camp members taking care of cleaning, cooking and provisioning while others worked the claims.
Miners would work hard, from sunrise to sunset. At the end of the working day they would return to a community of fellow Chinese. Many would be known to them as close friends and relatives from their same home village.
This Chinese grinding mill ground rice into flour. It was excavated by Creswick Council workers during road works at Slaty Creek, near Creswick in central Victoria.
The Slaty Creek/ Cabbage Tree area was home to a large Chinese mining community in the 19th century.