The Chee Kung Tong Chinese Freemasons (Wellington Chinese Masonic Society Inc) was established in 1907 as the New Zealand branch of the Hung League (itself an offshoot of the Yee Hing Secret Society), an international Chinese movement founded in the 17th century to overthrow the Manchurian Qing Dynasty. Chee Kung Tong located in 81 Vivian Street, and was later located at 23 Frederick Street, this is one of only three remaining buildings from the original Chinatown which remains standing today.
The building was opened on 10 October 1925. Following a procession (for which permission was sought) from 81 Vivian Street to the new hall, fireworks were set off, and the gala event was attended by "the Mayor and Archdeacon of Wellington, a cabinet minister and a ‘high office bearer of the Wellington Grand Lodge Masonic Order’" was held. The building is considered by the Wellington City Council of having cultural significance to the Chinese community.
Chee Kung Tong in Wellington was known for being philanthropic, and membership appealed mainly to "average Chinese", including miners, merchants and market gardeners.
New Zealand branches of Chee Kung Tong were formally disbanded in 1975.
Wellington Chinese Masonic Society Incorporated building (July 2017)
Wellington Chinese Masonic Society Incorporated building December 2021)
- The Australian & New Zealand Masonic Research Council. (2002). Chinese Masonic Society. Retrieved July 11, 2017, from http://www.freemasons-freemasonry.com/chinese-masonic-society.html
- Wellington City Council Archive. (1925). Procession through streets - Wellington Chinese Masonic Society - Wellington City Council Archives, 00233-1925/2194. Retrieved 2 July 2019, from Archives Online website: https://archivesonline.wcc.govt.nz/nodes/view/101929
- Wellington City Council. (2017 20–4). Wellington Chinese Masonic Society Building - 23 Frederick Street, Te Aro, Wellington. Retrieved July 11, 2017, from http://www.wellingtoncityheritage.org.nz/buildings/1-150/123-wellington-chinese-masonic-society-building?q=
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