ON THIS DAY…… 23rd September 1905
One of the opium smugglers from the S.S. Empire, Ah Han has been unable to raise his fine of £25, and is still detained in the Geelong gaol. He is in a sorry state through want of opium, and as longing for freedom and another puff at the enticing bowl. Ah Han had made all arrangements for a trip to China, and had transferred his property to one of many cousins named Hong Hang. He made a declaration when applying for an exemption certificate that lie was possessed of property valued at £70. His worldly possessions and tools of trade accounted for £20. and the balance of £50 represented the cash value of Iris vegetable round. Still he declares his inability to meet the fine, and is due for liberation from gaol at the end of two months.’ Even having undergone that punishment he is still liable for the fine.