What to Bring
Travellers might bring opium with them to use or trade.
Although used medicinally for centuries, opium drug use became widespread in Southern China in the eighteenth century after its introduction by the British.
This tin box has Chinese characters and was used for opium. It was found on the old Buckland Valley goldfields in north-east Victoria. Part of the Ovens Valley gold rush, the Buckland Valley had a large proportion of Chinese miners who settled there in the mid 1800s. In 1857 it was the site of a large and violent anti-Chinese riot where an unknown number of Chinese miners were killed.