A Chinese Wedding[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

The New Zealand Times reports that a unique and interesting wedding took place on board the s.s. Wakatipu on Thursday afternoon, when Mr. Chin Ting, a well-known and well-to-do storekeeper from Pahiatua, was united in the bonds of matrimony by the Rev Mr Ogg to Miss Ching Fan, of Hong-Kong. The latter came by the Wakatipu in charge of another Chinese lady, in the capacity of chaperon, and left the boat only after she had become Mrs Chin Ting. The ceremony was witnessed by a large number of Chinamen and white people, and the principals were most stylishly attired, and attracted a great deal of attention. It is stated that a formal application will be made for a refund of the poll tax on Mrs Ting, and that if this is not complied with, a test case will be given that a Chinese woman married to a naturalised Chinaman before landing in New Zealand is under existing law exempt from the poll tax.

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Steamship Wakatipu in the graving dock at Port Chalmers

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The wedding of Chin Ting and Ching Fan was reported in Newspapers throughout New Zealand

  1. Auckland Star. (1898, February 4). Auckland Star, p. 4. Retrieved from
  2. Daily Circulation. 1700. the Oamaru Mail. Tuesday, January 25, 1898. (1898, January 25). Oamaru Mail, p. 2. Retrieved from
  3. Local & General. (1898a, January 27). Lake County Press, p. 2. Retrieved from
  4. Local & General. (1898b, January 27). Otago Witness, p. 20. Retrieved from
  5. Local and General News. (1898, January 25). Marlborough Express, p. 2. Retrieved from
  6. Local and General. (1898a, January 22). Hastings Standard, p. 2. Retrieved from
  7. Local and General. (1898b, January 26). Ashburton Guardian, p. 2. Retrieved from
  8. Local and General. (1898c, January 28). Patea Mail, p. 2. Retrieved from
  9. Notes and Comments. (1898, January 25). Thames Star, p. 2. Retrieved from
  10. Personal Items. (1898, January 24). New Zealand Herald, p. 6. Retrieved from
  11. Personal Items. (1898, January 21). New Zealand Times, p. 2. Retrieved from
  12. Thames Advertiser. (1898, January 26). Thames Advertiser, p. 4. Retrieved from
  13. Things Slowly Learned. (1898, February 4). Clutha Leader, p. 3. Retrieved from
  14. Woodville Examiner. (1898, January 24). Woodville Examiner, p. 2. Retrieved from


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