Visiting a Chinese Camp Part 4 – the nightlife

Today we rejoin Les and Maisie Wong's visitors to the Lawrence Chinese camp, as they enjoy a meal with their hosts and are introduced to the camp's nightlife... Heading towards Ah Bok’s, we noticed Missy struggling with a pail of water. She said she was getting water from the well as it is vital to … Continue reading Visiting a Chinese Camp Part 4 – the nightlife

Chinese Whispers: Visiting a Chinese Camp (part 3)

Today Les and Maisie Wong continue their trip back in time with the Chinese on the goldfields. Catch up on Part 1 and Part 2 of their story, and then join us as we explore the store and the Joss house in the camp... After ‘Charlie’ had departed we offered to clear up the mess … Continue reading Chinese Whispers: Visiting a Chinese Camp (part 3)

Chinese Whispers: Visiting a Chinese Camp (Part 2).

Today Les and Maisie Wong continue their trip back in time to the Lawrence Chinese Camp, bringing to life the stories of the Chinese on the goldfields... Sleeping in the loft was not without its problems. Apart from being unfamiliar with sleeping on bales of straw there was the continuous disturbance of rodents, but this … Continue reading Chinese Whispers: Visiting a Chinese Camp (Part 2).

Chinese Whispers: Visiting a Chinese Camp

Continuing our exploration of life on the goldfields for the Chinese, today our collaborators Les and Maisie Wong take us on a trip into the Chinese Camps of the past... ** note that in this tale Les and Maisie have transliterated directly from spoken Chinese, in which there are no linking words, plurals, past or … Continue reading Chinese Whispers: Visiting a Chinese Camp

Telling the stories of our settlers, one by one.

This week we have exciting news, one of our first settler stories has been accepted for publication in the academic journal "Bioarchaeology International". You can find the full article here but this is our short, snappy summary of the study. Burial 21 is one of the identified individuals in the St. John's Milton sample, and … Continue reading Telling the stories of our settlers, one by one.

Chinese whispers: The lure of gold during the 1800s

Today's post is the start of our 'Chinese Whispers' series giving insight into the life of the Chinese in Otago, written by Les and Maisie Wong from the Otago and Southland Chinese Association. Les and Maisie, as representatives of descendants of the Chinese goldminers, are sources of massive amounts of genealogical, cultural and historical knowledge. … Continue reading Chinese whispers: The lure of gold during the 1800s

Victorian diagnoses – medical complexities and vagueries

Seven medical conditions humourously illustrated. Reproduction of an etching. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY One of the advantages of working on archaeology from the colonial period is that we have historical records that help us to interpret what we're seeing in the bones, teeth and artefacts associated with people. Some of the most useful things for those … Continue reading Victorian diagnoses – medical complexities and vagueries