The Chong family history at Mungana

Chong, Carol (2016) The Chong family history at Mungana. In: Grimwade, Gordon, Rains, Kevin, and Dunk, Melissa, (eds.) Rediscovered Past: Chinese networks. Chinese Heritage in North Australia Incorporated, East Ipswich, QLD, Australia, pp. 51-65.

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This paper reviews the Chong family's cultural and historical life on the Tate and at One Mile Creek, Mungana, in the Chillagoe area of Far North Queensland. The Chong famity has a long and continuing association with this area, through Aboriginal tradition, pastoralism, market gardening and mining. The Chong family s Chinese inheritance is from two Chinese market gardeners and miners, Billy and his son Bobby Chong. Bobby Chong in particular was a well respected miner and prospector, discovering the Nightflower Mine which sparked a new silver rush to the district. The mine was later involved in the Mungana Scandal after shares in it were taken up by Queensland Premier Ted Theodore. Bobby also discovered a fluorspar mine that supplied the Chillagoe smelters. Bobby married a Wakaman woman, Jessie, and their children continued their association with the district through stock work in the pastoral industry.

Item ID: 54980
Item Type: Book Chapter (Scholarly Work)
ISBN: 978-0-9945204-0-1
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2018 01:14
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950304 Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 50%
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