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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 from Xinjie village of the Zengcheng district of Guangzhou, who emigrated to New Zealand[1][2]. He arrived in New Zealand in 1886, settling soon after in Pahiatua where he opened a store. He was naturalised in 1894.[1][2]

In 1898 he brought out his wife, Ching Fan, marrying her onboard the S.S. (Steam ship) Wakatupu in Wellington Harbour as a test case for the Poll Tax[1][2]. This marriage was reported in newspapers throughout New Zealand[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]. 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]. It took seven years for the Poll Tax to be refunded.[2]

In 1907 he moved to Wellington to look after fellow Sun Gai villager ("Village cousin") Chan Fook-on's store Yee Chong Wing in Manners Street[2] 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 1914.[2][17]

One of his sons, Joseph Ting was born above the Yee Chong Wing shop.

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 (or Chung Wah Wui Gun) in 1911[2] (Considered the forerunner of the Wellington Chinese Association, which Chin Ting was also instrumental in establishing and leading[18]).

On the occasion to mark the 11th anniversary of the formation of the Republic of China ("Double Tenth" celebration), Chin Ting addressed the crowd at an event at Athletic Park.

Like other Chinese business at the time, Te Aro Seed Co. would often act as a 'staging post' for recently arrived Chinese migrants, especially those from Zhengcheng.[2] Whilst providing support to the Chinese community, he saw the need to establish the Tung Jung Association[2]. In 1925 he became a founder member and first President of the Tung Jung Association in 1926[2]. He took his family back to China in 1928, returning in 1938. Chin Ting died in 1956.[1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Tung Jung Association http://www.tungjung.org.nz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=24&Itemid=31
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Chan, H. D. M., & Tung Jung Association of NZ. (2007). Zengcheng New Zealanders: a history for the 80th anniversary of the Tung Jung Association of NZ Inc. Katoomba, NSW: Echo Point Press for the Tung Jung Association of New Zealand. Page 113
  3. Auckland Star. (1898, February 4). Auckland Star, p. 4. Retrieved from http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/AS18980204.2.44
  4. Daily Circulation. 1700. the Oamaru Mail. Tuesday, January 25, 1898. (1898, January 25). Oamaru Mail, p. 2. Retrieved from http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/OAM18980125.2.18
  5. Local & General. (1898a, January 27). Lake County Press, p. 2. Retrieved from http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/LCP18980127.2.4
  6. Local & General. (1898b, January 27). Otago Witness, p. 20. Retrieved from http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/OW18980127.2.75
  7. Local and General News. (1898, January 25). Marlborough Express, p. 2. Retrieved from http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/MEX18980125.2.6
  8. Local and General. (1898a, January 22). Hastings Standard, p. 2. Retrieved from http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/HAST18980122.2.8
  9. Local and General. (1898b, January 26). Ashburton Guardian, p. 2. Retrieved from http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/AG18980126.2.4
  10. Local and General. (1898c, January 28). Patea Mail, p. 2. Retrieved from http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/PATM18980128.2.5
  11. Notes and Comments. (1898, January 25). Thames Star, p. 2. Retrieved from http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/THS18980125.2.9
  12. Personal Items. (1898, January 24). New Zealand Herald, p. 6. Retrieved from http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NZH18980124.2.65
  13. Personal Items. (1898, January 21). New Zealand Times, p. 2. Retrieved from http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NZTIM18980121.2.11
  14. Thames Advertiser. (1898, January 26). Thames Advertiser, p. 4. Retrieved from http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/THA18980126.2.47
  15. Things Slowly Learned. (1898, February 4). Clutha Leader, p. 3. Retrieved from http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/CL18980204.2.5
  16. Woodville Examiner. (1898, January 24). Woodville Examiner, p. 2. Retrieved from http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/WOODEX18980124.2.6
  17. 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
  18. Turning Stone into Jade: The History of the New Zealand Chinese Association. Fung, David. 2015. New Zealand Chinese Association. Page 121



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