The businessman Chew Chong dominated the Taranaki wood-ear fungus industry. The cash he paid for the fungus supported many dairy farmers as they struggled to establish their farms in the 1870s and 1880s. Fungus gathering survived in Taranaki well into the 20th century, often undertaken by farm children to earn pocket money.
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Reference: Taranaki Herald, 7 January 1874, p. 1
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