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New Zealand Completed Requests / 1800 Unclaimed Urns at Waikumete Cemetery
« on: Thursday 12 May 16 09:49 BST (UK)  »
1800 Unclaimed Urns at Waikumete Cemetery

Auckland Council provided Native Affairs with the names of  1800 people whose ashes were buried in 3 concrete vaults in Waikumete Cemetery.  The list of names is provided below.

Register of Internments A-C

Register of Internments D-G

Register of Internments H-L

Register of Internments M-Q

Register of Internments R-Z

Terry Fergusson is urging other families who may have loved ones who were cremated and interred at the original Waikumete Crematorium between 1920 - 1970's to see if your ancestors name is on the list.

The list contains the names of those people recognised for the purposes of the Drug Tariff.  Is this of use to anyone? Will post.

Australia / Shipping List SS Nellor Hk Sydney arrival 21/2/1940
« on: Saturday 27 September 14 01:20 BST (UK)  »
Is there anyone who can assist a New Zealander to get this shipping list for this arrival.

Looking for  Mrs Wong Mon,  Mstr Kwan Wat , Mstr Cheuk Loon.

I see there is some files available for other passengers, on the NAA website Item details for: A12508

Can anyone tell me if there is a register of names for these refugees to New Zealand during 1939-1940? .

Celebrating the arrival of refugee women and children from Guangdong 75 years ago

Seventy-five years ago Chinese women and children arrived in New Zealand as refugees from a war-torn homeland. By the end of 1937, Beijing, Shanghai and a large part of the north of China were occupied by the Japanese. In 1938, the Japanese forces moved into the Pearl River Delta region, home to the Chinese in New Zealand, and began invading the villages and torturing the villagers.

The New Zealand Chinese Association and the Chinese Consulate appealed to the New Zealand government to allow Chinese men to bring their families here during this time of crisis. In February 1939, the government agreed, and as a humanitarian gesture allowed the wives and children to join their husbands in New Zealand, on a temporary permit, for a period of two years.

There were various conditions including the payment of a £500 bond to ensure that wives and children returned to China at the end of the two years and took with them any children born during their time in New Zealand. In addition, £200 was payable for the maintenance of the family and possible repatriation after the war. It was a huge financial burden but the leaving your loved ones to the mercy of the Japanese was unthinkable.

Between August 1939 and 1941, a total of 249 wives and 244 children came to New Zealand. Many walked for several days from their village along the Kowloon-Canton railway line down to Hong Kong. The journey was dangerous and having reached Hong Kong there was no guarantee of a passage; some had to make the journey back to the village and certain misery.

The situation in China only worsened and World War Two was in full swing. It was impossible to send families back to their villages in Guangdong. Again, the Chinese Consulate and the New Zealand Chinese Association, with support from the New Zealand Presbyterian Church and the Inter-Church Council, urged the government to allow the families to stay.

In late 1947, the refugee wives and children, the other children born in New Zealand to refugee wives, 93 Chinese men who had been admitted on the business replacement scheme and Chinese students and a few others – 1408 in all who had been in New Zealand for five years or more – were all granted permanent residency.

The arrival of the refugee families was a watershed in Chinese New Zealand history. With a stable family structure, Chinese businesses thrived and expanded. Market gardeners increased the size of their gardens and the amount of crops grown. Fruiterers had instantly their increased labour force and were able to provide better service at keener prices. The Chinese were well-placed to take advantage of the post-war economic boom.

As families grew and businesses prospered, the younger generation took advantage of the opportunities living in New Zealand offered them. They received a good education from an early age and many chose to pursue professional careers instead of traditional Chinese occupations. Seventy-five years have now passed since the government’s decision to allow families to be reunited, and two or three generations have now reaped the benefit. As we reflect on this, we realise that New Zealand, in return, has also benefitted – it has gained high-achieving, well-respected and valued members of its society. 

New Zealand Completed Requests / Wellington Probate - Request COMPLETED
« on: Wednesday 20 November 13 04:59 GMT (UK)  »
CHAN Ken Sheen Chong (R23009416) - Is there someone going to Wellington Archives who can get a copy for me?

Also, any comments on what documentation will be required to release a restricted 1949 immigration file (Both people have passed away) and a restricted alien file? I know I have to write to Department of Labour

Thanks in advance

Australia / Sydney- Auckland passenger list for Sunderland Plane 1949
« on: Saturday 26 October 13 20:40 BST (UK)  »
Looking for the date of arrival to New Zealand. Kenneth Chong and his new bride. They traveled from Hong Kong to Sydney; and the flew on to Auckland.

Main question is, where would airplane passenger departure records be held, in Australia?

Also looking for their Hong Kong marriage certificate but don't know the date - it was just as the border to China was closing. Does anyone have an idea what month in 1949 this was?

Looking for the date of arrival to New Zealand. Kenneth Chong and his new bride. The traveled from Hong Kong to Sydney; and the flew on to Auckland. Looking for their Hong Kong marriage certificate as well. All I know is that they married in H K, just as the border to China was closing. Does anyone have an idea what month in 1949 this was?

Main question is, where would airplane passenger records be held?

Other Countries / Hong Kong Marriage Certificate 1949
« on: Saturday 26 October 13 20:31 BST (UK)  »
Does anyone have access to these records - Looking for Kenneth Chong (24) of New Zealand married Miss Chui (19) of Canton. Not sure of the actual date - but believe it was just as the border to China closed. Does anyone know when the border closed anyway? :)

In honour of Family History Month in NZ, we are giving FREE access to Maori Voter & Electoral Rolls, 1908 & 1919 - & Maori Land Claims, 1858-1980 - Ends 31 August.

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