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The elderly Joe Kum Yung was murdered on Haining Street by Lionel Terry on 24 September 1905, in a hate crime[1][2].

He had arrived in New Zealand in around 1880[2], after spending about four years in Victoria, Australia[3]. A mining accident left him with a broken leg, and he was him unable to continue to work[2][3]. Whilst recovering in Grey Hospital, the local Chinese community there raised sufficient funds for him to return to China, however he decided to travel to Wellington instead[3] where he was living on the streets[1]. Lionel Terry shot him at 7:45 pm with a revolver, and Joe Kum Yung died around 10:00 pm that night[2].

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Plaque commemorating the death of Joe Kum Yung, opposite 12 Haining Steet, Te Aro, Wellington. Photo: Cameron Sang July 2017

A plaque on Haining Street commemorates Joe Kum Yung, and was unveiled in 2005, the 100th anniversary of the killing.[2][4]

  1. 1.0 1.1 'Race killing in Wellington's Haining St', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/race-killing-lionel-terry-murders-joe-kum-yung-in-haining-st-wellington, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 19-Jan-2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Murder aimed to spread ‘yellow peril’ message. (n.d.). Retrieved 10 July 2017, from http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/64512110/murder-aimed-to-spread-yellow-peril-message
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Wairarapa Daily Times. (1905, September 26). Wairarapa Daily Times, p. 6. http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/WDT19050926.2.30
  4. Radio New Zealand. (2015, January 30). How to be dead - Writer Chris Tse | Voices | RNZ. Retrieved 10 July 2017, from http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/voices/audio/20165499/how-to-be-dead-writer-chris-tse

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