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Molly Ting, b Blenheim, November 3, 1911; m Joseph Ting, Wellington, 1933; 2s, 1d; Lower Hutt, June 4, 2013, aged 101.[1]

Molly Ting (nee Low) was born in Blenheim in 1911, and was the fourth child of Chong Lee, in a family of eight children. Her parents migrated from China and set up the Chong Lee and Co fruit and vegetable business in Market Street, Blenheim.[1]

She left Marlborough College, aged 15, so she could work in the family fruit and vege shop. She married Joseph Ting at St Mark's Church, the Basin Reserve in Wellington, in 1933.[1]

She lived at the Ting family's market gardens in Moxham Avenue, Hataitai, before she and Joseph moved in to their own home at Strathmore, in Wellington's eastern suburbs. In this home the Tings raised two sons and a daughter.[1]

Joseph Ting died in 1972 and Molly Ting decided to join her sister-in-law Dolly Wong as a resident of the Shona McFarlane home in 2001.[1]

Molly Ting's father-in-law, James Chin Ting, owned and operated a market garden on the land where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now stands at 140 Moxham Avenue, Hataitai.[1][2]

The Tings' highly successful Hataitai market garden supplied products for the family's Yee Chong Wing and Te Aro Seeds businesses, which operated (up to 1984) from premises on the corner of Courtenay Place and Tory Street.[3]

In 1929, the Evening Post reported that Mollie (sic) Low (and sister Nettie Low, and Ida Chong) were bridesmaids at the wedding of Herbert Kwok and Ida Low, at the Chinese Anglican Mission Church, on Frederick Street. [4] A photograph was published in the Auckland Weekly News.[5]

AWNS 19290221 p049 i003 x

Auckland Weekly News, & Crown Studios. (1929, February 21). A WELLINGTON CHINESE BRIDE. Auckland Weekly News. Retrieved from http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/dbtw-wpd/exec/dbtwpub.dll?BU=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aucklandcity.govt.nz%2Fdbtw-wpd%2FHeritageImages%2Findex.htm&AC=QBE_QUERY&TN=heritageimages&QF0=ID&NP=2&MR=5&RF=HIORecordSearch&QI0=%3D%22AWNS-19290221-49-3%22

Molly and Joseph had three children: Stanley James Ting, Robert Joseph Ting and Carolyn Molly Sang (nee Ting).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Hutt sister-in-law centenarians celebrate together, The Hutt News, 1 November 2011 http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/hutt-news/5885153/Hutt-sister-in-law-centenarians-celebrate-together
  2. McKirdy, P. (2005). Hataitai Local History-Latter-Day Saints Church. Retrieved 12 January 2018, from http://www.heritagehelp.co.nz/lds.html
  3. Donoghue, Tim. Trifecta of friends until the end. 06 July 2013. http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/obituaries/8884398/Trifecta-of-friends-until-the-end
  4. Women in Print, Evening Post, Volume CVII, Issue 31, 7 February 1929, https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/EP19290207.2.145
  5. Auckland Weekly News, & Crown Studios. (1929, February 21). A WELLINGTON CHINESE BRIDE. Auckland Weekly News. Retrieved from http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/dbtw-wpd/exec/dbtwpub.dll?BU=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aucklandcity.govt.nz%2Fdbtw-wpd%2FHeritageImages%2Findex.htm&AC=QBE_QUERY&TN=heritageimages&QF0=ID&NP=2&MR=5&RF=HIORecordSearch&QI0=%3D%22AWNS-19290221-49-3%22

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