One of the founding members of the Tung Jung Association (He was the Association's second President, in 1927[1]) and Green grocer, Wong Tong Fat (also known as Wong Tong Faat or William Wong Tong) was one of the original Poll Tax payers who initially settled in Otago, before resettling in Wellington[2] in 1893.[3]

Wong Tong Fat opened Wong Tong and Sons at 259 Cuba Street (1910s? exact date to be confirmed), and later at 168 Cuba Street (1930s onwards)[2], as well as a small, quarter acre plot on Nairn Street, which grew radishes and spring onions for the family shops and to sell at auction.[2]

His wife, who was born in Canton, arrived in New Zealand, aged 23, aboard the Ulimaroa on 30 September 1908, and paid a poll tax of £100.[4]

Wong Tong Fat had seven children: Raymond, Ling Moon, Lily, Ivan, Edith, Amy and Margie.[2]

He was also a prominent member of the New Zealand Kuomintang, and was their president during the 1920s[3]. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Kuomintang newspaper, the Man Sing Times, between 1921 and 1922[3] and was active with the Chinese Anglican Mission Church Committee.[3]

 Wong Tong Fat passed away in 1955, at the age of 81.[2]

  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 113
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Tung Jung Association. (2009, Autumn). Tung Jung Autumn Newsletter 2009. Retrieved from
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Tung Jung Association. (2017). William Wong Tong/Wong Tong Fat. Retrieved July 27, 2017, from
  4. Archives New Zealand. (2018, March 21). Wong, Tong Fat (Mrs) (Born at Canton) - Age 23 - Arrived aboard Ulimaroa - Certificate issued in Wellington 30 September 1908 - Paid £100 (R23676429). Retrieved 20 November 2018, from