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Born in Canton[1], and living in Hong Kong[2], Ching Fan arrived to New Zealand in 1898[1] aboard the SS Wakatipu, aged 25[1]. Before disembarking, she married Chin Ting. Chin Ting successfully applied to have Ching Fan's £100[1] Poll Tax refunded, setting legal precedent.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Archives New Zealand. (2018, March 21). Certificates of entry butts (poll tax) for Chinese immigrants arriving at Wellington [record group] (R23675726). Retrieved 20 November 2018, from https://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=23675726
  2. A Chinese Wedding (New Zealand Times etc) February 1898 https://wellingtonchinesehistory.wikia.com/wiki/A_Chinese_Wedding_(New_Zealand_Times_etc)_February_1898

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