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If you're bushwalking in Creswick and stray off the paths, be aware that in many areas there are rather deep mine shafts...some which have been capped, others which are perhaps only loosely covered with undergrowth, and many which remain completely open.
This mine, pictured, is one of many in Eucalypt forest only 5 minutes from my house, and very close to town.
This is one of many Chinese mines in the town.
Europeans tended to dig square mine shafts, and the Chinese round ones, not just because round shapes were less likely to collapse at the sides, but because the Chinese were superstitious and believed that ghosts could hide in the corners of square cut mines.
Updated May 15, 2003