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Frederick Street, along with nearby Haining Street, were the central points of the early Chinese community in Wellington (Often referred to as the "Celestial Quarter", "Chinatown" or "Chinese Quarter").

Several significant buildings and organisations were located here, including the Chinese Anglican Mission Church Hall (Home of the Wellington Chinese Anglican Mission from 1905 to 1956), the Chee Kung Tong Chinese Freemasons, and the Tung Jung Association.[1]

On 18 March 1913, Charlie Yung Sing was assaulted at 23 Frederick Street, which lead to the conviction of Vincent Furness and George Patrick Macnamara.

The Chinese community also celebrated weddings [2]and other occasions here.

This area is considered by the Wellington City Council as significant to Wellington's heritage.[3]

J.W. Chapman-Taylor. (1940s). Views of Wellington: Chinese Hall (A.014508) [Silver gelatin print]. Te Papa. https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/object/402364

PARTIAL VIEW OF FREDERICK STREET, ; in the heart of the city. A HAINING STREET DWELLING, replete with verandah, etc. A number of Chinese live in this quarter of the city (Free Lance, 1918-12-12). Retrieved 28 January 2018, from https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NZFL19181212.2.29.2?query=chinese

Wellington Chinese Anglican Church Hall, Frederick Street, July 2017. Photo (c) Cameron Sang

Chee Kung Tong Chinese Freemasons procession, Frederick Street, Wellington. Chung, Doris :Photograph of Chinese Freemasons in Frederick Street, Wellington, 1924 :Photograph showing a group outside the Embassy of the Republic of China, Wellington, 1920s. Ref: 1/2-169003-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22792532

  1. Derby, M., & New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu Taonga. (2011, May 5). ’Migrant and refugee organisations - Early migrant organisations’, Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand: Tung Jung Association building [Web page]. Retrieved July 27, 2017, from /en/photograph/27480/tung-jung-association-building
  2. A Chinese Wedding (Evening Post, Volume CVII, Issue 31, 7 February 1929) http://wellingtonchinesehistory.wikia.com/wiki/A_Chinese_Wedding_%28Evening_Post%2C_Volume_CVII%2C_Issue_31%2C_7_February_1929%29
  3. 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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