Friday, December 31, 2010

Mr. Lam Chik-shang,

Taken at St Paul's Church, Glenealy, Honq Kong, after the wedding of Mr. Lam Chik-shang, the eldest son or Mr. Lam Woo, one of Hong Kongs foremost eontractors and a promlnent member of the Anglo-Chinese Church, to Miss Violet Tock, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Leung Took, of Melbourne, Australia. George N. Tock gave his sister away. The bridesmaids were Misses Sue A. L. Goeey and Grace Suen, while the flower girls wore Misses Joyce Lim and May Law. Mr. Lam Chik-ho supported his brother as best man, and Mr. Wong Ying-hand was groomsman. Evening Post, Volume CVI, Issue 131, 8 December 1928, Page 14

Sue Pee

Sue Pee IN THE LONELY HUT with Sho Leung Shum, the murdered Chinese prospector—^Sue Pee, chief witness for the Crown. (See story of . Kyeburn tragedy on page 8.)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Raetihi Maori Cemetery

Wong Yee Chong and Wong Gan Chong Auckland

New Zealand Chinese Headstones

In The Mountain's Shadow

In The Mountain's Shadow
A Century of Chinese in Taranaki 1870 to 1970 (ISBN 978-0-473-17508-5)

The year in which the Chinese first arrived in Taranaki is unclear, but it may have been some time before 1874. Entrepreneur Chew Chong had already discovered fungus in the province, having advertising for it in a January 1874 edition of the Taranaki Herald.
This book provides a historical record of the Chinese in Taranaki during this period. A collection of early newspaper articles and advertisements, government records and interviews with locals and families of the early Chinese provide an insight to their lives.
August 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Chinese Portraits - Dunedin 1881

Chinese Portraits

This exhibition is a small selection of photographs from the certificates of registration. These were issued by the Collector of Customs in Dunedin, and allowed Chinese and other alien residents to re-enter New Zealand, if leaving temporarily.

The Chinese Immigrants Act 1881 and the Immigration Restriction Act 1899 and its amendments, set out details of requirements to be met by aliens entering New Zealand. Permits were generally needed and, for this reason, aliens living in this country and departing overseas temporarily, needed certificates of registration to ensure that they would be permitted to re-enter New Zealand.

These certificates of registration were issued by the Collector of Customs in Dunedin. They were issued in duplicate, with one copy given to the alien and one retained by the Collector.

Upon return (not necessarily to the same port), the certificate was presented to Customs officials, and once positively identified, the alien was allowed to enter. The surrendered certificate was then forwarded to the Collector of Customs who had issued it, where it was subsequently filed with his copy. For Chinese, the certificates also exempted them from paying the poll tax required under the Chinese Immigrants Act 1881, provided they had paid it on their first entry.

The certificates generally show the following details - port and date of issue of certificate, name of alien and place of residence, identification particulars such as the place and date of birth, physical features, arrival details, and a photograph. Some of the earlier certificates also required fingerprints. Some of the certificates also have attached the initial application, or correspondence regarding the individual concerned.