In the early days of Chinese settlement in Wellington, they generally settled in the area encompassing Haining and Frederick Streets , colloquially known to by the Pākeha community as the "Celestial Quarter" "Chinatown or "Chinese Quarter"
The area gained a notorious reputation for being "a Chinese-infested pit of opium and gambling" and home to "white slave traders", although in 1896, Police Inspector Doyle wrote: "In some of the houses opium was being smoked and gambling was going on ... [but] I must say that I visit these places at least once every month and I have seen nothing whatever to justify the sensational rumours that ... Chinese houses are dens of infamy."
Author Alison Wong's fictional novel "As the Earth Turns to Silver" provides a fictional account of life for Chinese living and working in and around Wellington's Chinatown during the early 1900s.
The Chinese Anglican Mission Church Hall, constructed in 1905,
The Chee Kung Tong Chinese Freemasons building, constructed in 1925, and
The Tung Jung Association building, constructed in 1926.
- ↑ Alex Fensome. (2014, December 1). Chinese settlers sparked some sensational rumours. Retrieved 8 August 2017, from http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/63695117/chinese-settlers-sparked-some-sensational-rumours
- ↑ NZ TRUTH, ISSUE 405, 29 MARCH 1913 https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NZTR19130329.2.32
- ↑ http://wellingtoncityheritage.org.nz/buildings/1-150/124-chinese-mission-hall?q=
- ↑ ANOTHER RAID ON CHINESE QUARTERS,Wanganui Chronicle, Volume 17, Issue 15000, 17 November 1900 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/WC19001117.2.25
- ↑ Manying Ip, 'Chinese - Later settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/511/haining-street-wellington updated 25 Mar 2015 (accessed 4 April 2017)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Alex Fensome. (2014, December 1). Chinese settlers sparked some sensational rumours. Retrieved August 8, 2017, from http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/63695117/chinese-settlers-sparked-some-sensational-rumours
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Shelton, L. (2009, January 12). How Wellington’s buildings tell our story. Retrieved December 17, 2017, from http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0901/S00141/how-wellingtons-buildings-tell-our-story.htm
- ↑ Wong, A. (2009). As the Earth Turns Silver. Penguin Books (NZ).
- ↑ Wellington City Council. (2013). Thematic Heritage Study of Wellington. Retrieved 8 November 2017, from https://wellington.govt.nz/~/media/services/community-and-culture/heritage/files/thematic-heritage-study.pdf?la=en
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- 144 Tory Street
- A CHINESE QUARREL, Otago Daily Times, Issue 14822, 2 May 1910
- A MANIA AGAINST CHINESE., Otago Witness, Issue 2689, 27 September 1905
- Wellington Chinese History Wiki
- Chinese Anglican Mission Church Hall
- CHINESE ASSAULT CASE, Taranaki Daily News, Volume LII, Issue 377, 30 April 1910
- CHINESE DENS IN WELLINGTON., Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXXIV, Issue 257, 30 October 1900
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- FIRE IN A CHINESE QUARTER, Evening Post, Volume LIV, Issue 8, 9 July 1897
- Frederick Street
- FREDERICK-STREET FRACAS. New Zealand Truth, Issue 405, 29 March 1913
- Haining Street
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- HAINING STREET HOSPITALITY, (New Zealand Truth, Issue 880, 7 October 1922)
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