What to Bring
Chinese stoneware ginger jar with lid, circa 1800s, China. Aldo Gios collection.
Text source: Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Chinese Fortunes, Cash Brown, 2017.Contributors
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Voyagers brought rations and clothing with them, ready for the strange new world.
The voyagers took their own food rations aboard. This might include dried duck, herbs and rice as well as clothing, bedding, cooking and mining equipment. They hoped to buy whatever else they needed when they landed. To pay for this they brought items to trade, including Chinese currency, silver, small inlaid chests, ginger jars, toys, beads, silk and opium. These goods were carried using a bamboo pole over one shoulder, with belongings tied in bundles or baskets at each end.
The Chinese-made ginger jar, pictured, was found in the old goldmining district of Harrietville in the Ovens Valley in north-eastern Victoria. The Ovens District had one of the largest Chinese mining settlements in Victoria, with 7000 Chinese living there in 1868.
Text by Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka curator Cash Brown.