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The Tung Jung Association was founded in 1926 by the Chinese who immigrated to New Zealand from the Tung Gwoon (Donguan) and Jungsen (Zengcheng) (hence "Tung Jung") districts in the Guangdong province in Southern China.[1][2][3]

One of the main aims of the association was to provide mutual support to people in New Zealand from those counties[4], and was the first Chinese community organisation established in New Zealand.[4]

All Chinese whose ancestry are from the counties of Tung Gwoon (Donguan) and Jungsen (Zengcheng) in Guangdong province in China are invited to apply for membership to the Association.[5] In the present day, the Association's primary objectives are to unite and maintain the identity and kinship of those who claim affinity to the counties of Tung Gwoon and Jungsen and their descendants.[4]

In 1928, business and individuals affiliated with the Tung Jung Association made donations of £61 18s towards the National Art Gallery and Dominion Museum Fund.

Presidents[1]

Year Name
1926 Chin Moon Ting

1927

Wong Tong Fat

1928

Wong Gar Shue

1929-1931

William Kwok Kee Yee

1932-1935

Not recorded

1936-1942

William Kwok Kee Yee

1943

Gee Chu

1944-1945

Not recorded

1946

William Kwok Kee Yee

1947-1948

Not recorded

1949

Tom Wong Nam

1950

Lambert Gee Ouw Low

1951-1952

Wong Kai Hing

1953-1955

Not recorded

1956-1957

Wong Kai Hing

1958-1963

Not recorded

1964-1965

James Young

1966

Leslie Yewtong Wu

1967-1968

James Luey

1969

Wong Cho Nam

1970

James Young

1971-1973

James Luey

1974

James Young

1975-1983

Harry Young

1984

Harry Moon

1985-1988

Not recorded

1989

James Luey

1990-1996

Shum Chong

1997-2000

Roy Chong

2001-2003

Allan Chang

2003-2019

Gordon Wu

2019-2021 Peter Moon
2021- Kevin Leong

Locations

Frederick Street

The original Tung Jung Association Building was located in the so called "Chinese Quarter"[6], at 2 Frederick Street, Te Aro, Wellington, one block north of Haining Street. The building was purchased through members' donations.[4] The Association inhabited this building from 1926 until 1991. This building is one of a few remaining 'Chinatown' building remaining[7][8] and was the scene of many Chinese community events, including annual Ching Ming and Chung Yeung dinner.[4]

Schaef, Arthur Waldemar, 1867-1940.:Group photograph of Tung Jung Association members (1935), Frederick Street, Wellington. Ref: 1/2-168709-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23062012

Photograph of a Tung Jung Association dinner at their hall, 26 (sic) Frederick Street, Wellington, taken 1943 by an unidentified photographer. Shows people seated at four long tables. Kwok, Frank William, 1929-2014. Kwok, Frank W fl 1993 : Photograph of Tung Jung Association dinner at their hall, 26 Frederick Street, Wellington. Ref: 1/2-174038-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22681461

Group portrait of members of Tung Jung Association outside their Frederick Street premises, Wellington. Tung Jung Association of New Zealand Inc, 1926- :Photographs of Tung Jung Association Committee and welcome to Lin Sen and Chan Yew Foon by Wellington Chinese residents. Ref: 1/2-174498-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22845363

Charles Fearnley. (197?). Tung Jung Association Building, 2 Frederick Street (50003-1883) [B&W negative]. Wellington City Libraries. https://wellington.recollect.co.nz/nodes/view/2598

Original Tung Jung Association building, Frederick Street. (June 2017)

2 Frederick Street. Original Tung Jung Association Building. Photo (C) Cameron Sang 2017

2 Frederick Street. Original Tung Jung Association Building. Photo (C) Cameron Sang 2017

2 Frederick Street. Original Tung Jung Association Building. Photo (C) Cameron Sang 2017


Original Tung Jung Association building, Frederick Street. (Decemebr 2021)

Tung Jung Association Building - December 2021.jpeg

Tung Jung Association building doorway, Frederick Street. (December 2021)


Webb Street

From 1991 until 2002, the Association was located at 21 Webb Street.

Tung Jung Association Building, Webb Street, Wellington (http://www.tungjung.org.nz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5&Itemid=6)

21 Webb Street, Te Aro, Wellington. Photo Cameron Sang July 2017

Torrens Terrace

From 2002 until present, the Association has been located at 33 Torrens Terrace.

Current Tung Jung Association Building, Torrens Terrace (June 2017)

Tung Jung Association Building, 33 Torrens Terrace, Wellington (2017)

Tung Jung Association Building, 33 Torrens Terrace, Wellington (2017)

Tung Jung Association Building, 33 Torrens Terrace, Wellington (2017)

  1. 1.0 1.1 Chan, H. D. M., & Tung Jung Association of NZ. (2007). Zengcheng New Zealanders: a history for the 80th anniversary of the Tung Jung Association of NZ Inc. Katoomba, NSW: Echo Point Press for the Tung Jung Association of New Zealand. Page 111
  2. Department of Internal Affairs. (n.d.). Tung Jung Association of NZ Inc | Community directory. Retrieved December 17, 2017, from http://ethniccommunities.govt.nz/community-directory/a-z/tung-jung-association-nz-inc
  3. Tung Jung Association. (2020). Tung Jung NZ | Geography of the Tung Jung Districts. https://tungjung.nz/geography/
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Tung Jung Association. (2020). Tung Jung NZ | A Brief History of the Tung Jung Association. https://tungjung.nz/history/
  5. Tung Jung Association http://www.tungjung.org.nz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5&Itemid=6
  6. 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
  7. Chinese Mission Hall, Wellington Heritage, Wellington City Council, accessed 26 June 2017 from http://wellingtoncityheritage.org.nz/buildings/1-150/124-chinese-mission-hall?q=
  8. 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

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