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].


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:, (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
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Wairarapa Daily Times. (1905, September 26). Wairarapa Daily Times, p. 6.
  4. Radio New Zealand. (2015, January 30). How to be dead - Writer Chris Tse | Voices | RNZ. Retrieved 10 July 2017, from


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