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Emmaville began as a private township known as Vegetable Creek. In 1872 tin was discovered here, causing a population explosion. In fact, the hospital still bears the original name.
The name was changed on 24 May, 1882 to Emmaville in honour of Lady Augustus Foftus, who's Christian name was Emma.
The Cobb & Co Coach ran between Emmaville and Glen Innes for 11 years between the years of 1875 and 1886.
There was a large Chinese population about this time (some 2000) and continued up until the early 1930's. In 1931 the Joss House on the corner of Irby St was burned down. After this the Chinese started to drift away.
to the village can explore the history of mining in the district by
visiting the rather comprehensive mining museum located in the village.
A full photograph of the can be seen in the photo gallery.
Some of the items that could be purchased from the 23 or moe shops and hotels were sheep shears, 3/6d (35cents) spring head nails 1lb for 1/- (10c), ordinary nails 1lb for 3d (2c), pocket watch for 6/6d (65c), a shovel 4/3d (42c) and calico at the grand price of 5d (4c) per yard. Many of these shops are still here and can be seen today.
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