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Port Albert
Fish Curing Market Gardening


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Port Albert, established in 1841 and located in the Gippsland region, is the oldest port in the State of Victoria.   In this delightful historical port and its surrounding environment, there were at least two interesting businesses where the Chinese Pioneers were involved in, namely, Fish Curing ( 晒 鹹 魚) and Market Gardening.

In the February 2006 Field Trip, our Organisation took a first hand look around Port Albert and the surrounding District.   Our visit included The Maritime Museum at Port Albert, a vantage view of Chinaman's Point, Tarraville, Yarram and the historical Alberton Cemetery.  

As we examine the presence of the Chinese Pioneers in the 19th Century, it is clear to us that their impact then and arguably beyond is remarkable.

At Chinaman's Point, there was a fish drying concern run by an industrious group of Chinese.   Alister Bowen who has done archaeological and related work there provides a great account of this historical place.  The following drawing is supplied by Alister.  Also The Maritime Museum at Port Albert has an excellent display on this subject.

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