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Mining in the Victorian Age

Tipple tin
Tipple tin
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Pay tins were first used when a single contractor would collect the wages for a job and pay a number of men from his tin. Later the pay tin was linked with the check number.

When wage packets were issued in the 1950s, the notes were sticking out and there were holes to see the pay, so that the miner could check he had the correct wages without opening the packet. If he opened the pay packet and then complained that he had not received the correct wages he would not necessarily be believed.
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