Also known as Chin Ting/Chan Moon-ting/James Chin Ting

Chin Ting was born in Sun Gai village in 1859, one of three brothers who emigrated to New Zealand. He arrived in New Zealand in 1886, settling soon after in Pahiatua where he opened a store. He was naturalised in 1894.

In 1898 he brought out his wife, Ching Fan, marrying her onboard the S.S. Wakatupu in Wellington harbour as a test case for poll-tax[1]. This marriage was reported in newspapers throughout New Zealand[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]. This successfully established the precedent that the wives of naturalised Chinese men in New Zealand did not have to pay the poll-tax, a precedent exploited to the full by many other Jung Seng men from that time on[1].

In 1907 he moved to Wellington to look after his fellow Sun Gai villager Chan Fook-on's store Yee Chong Wing in Manners Street while Chan Fook-on was suffering an illness. After Chan Fook-on died in 1908 he took over Yee Chong Wing, changing its name to Te Aro Seed Company in the 1910s.[16]

Chin Ting was a strong community man and leader in both the Jung Seng and wider Chinese communities. He was a founder member and first president of the Chong Wah Hui Goon Chinese Association in 1909. In 1925 he became a founder member and first President of the Tung Jung Association in 1926. He was President between 1926 and 1928 when he took his family back to China, returning in 1938. Chin Ting died in 1956.[1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tung Jung Association
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  3. Daily Circulation. 1700. the Oamaru Mail. Tuesday, January 25, 1898. (1898, January 25). Oamaru Mail, p. 2. Retrieved from
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  6. Local and General News. (1898, January 25). Marlborough Express, p. 2. Retrieved from
  7. Local and General. (1898a, January 22). Hastings Standard, p. 2. Retrieved from
  8. Local and General. (1898b, January 26). Ashburton Guardian, p. 2. Retrieved from
  9. Local and General. (1898c, January 28). Patea Mail, p. 2. Retrieved from
  10. Notes and Comments. (1898, January 25). Thames Star, p. 2. Retrieved from
  11. Personal Items. (1898, January 24). New Zealand Herald, p. 6. Retrieved from
  12. Personal Items. (1898, January 21). New Zealand Times, p. 2. Retrieved from
  13. Thames Advertiser. (1898, January 26). Thames Advertiser, p. 4. Retrieved from
  14. Things Slowly Learned. (1898, February 4). Clutha Leader, p. 3. Retrieved from
  15. Woodville Examiner. (1898, January 24). Woodville Examiner, p. 2. Retrieved from
  16. Lee, L., Lam, R., & Dominion Federation of N.Z. Chinese Commercial Growers. (2012). Sons of the soil: Chinese market gardeners in New Zealand = Huángtǔ zǐsì. Pukekohe [N.Z.: Dominion Federation for New Zealand Chinese Commercial Growers.] Page 123


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