Thursday, July 14, 2011

Asians Downunder

This page will list all the Asian ANZACs who I can find photos, stories or articles of. This is only the tip of the iceberg, there are A LOT more. Please check back regularly as it will constantly be updated, hopefully I will be able to link the photos up to stories. I will also put the medals and ranks in later, and it'll look scrappy from time to time but it will be cleaned up.

All information on this page will be transferred to another site: Chinese Anzacs

Saturday, July 9, 2011


In the Anglican Chinese Mission Church in Frederick street on Wednesday evening a welcome was extended to the new missioner, Mr. Wong Tse Tong, who has come from China to take charge of the mission. There was a large gathering of Chinese, and also many European friends of ihe mission. In the absence of the Bishop of Wellington, who was away from Wellington, Archdean Johnson presided. The Revs. Canon Watson, F. B. Redgrave, and H. E. K. Fry extended the best wishes of the mission committoe to Mr. Wong. On behalf of the Chinese residents speeches of welcome were made to the new missioner by Mr. Jackson (the Acting-Chinese. Consul), Mrs. Sue Shen Hing, and Messrs. Matthew Shum, Lucy Soo, aud Joe Bing hum. High appreciation was expressed at the way in which a few of the Chinese Christians had carried on the services at the mission since the death of the last missioner, the Rev. N. Mackenzie. Mr. Wong is a graduate of St. Paul s College in Hong Kong, and also the Theological College m Canton. Forsome time he assisted Archdeacon Mek at St. Saviour's Church in Canton, and latterly was in charge of St. Mary's Church. He speaks English fluently. Evening Post, Volume CVI, Issue 121, 26 November 1928, Page 11

Friday, July 8, 2011



An enjoyable evening was spent in the Vivian Street Baptist Schoolroom recently, when a social was held to welcome Mr So Tin Wong, the new Chinese, missioner, who has just arrived from China to work among the Chinese on behalf of the Baptist denomination. The chair was occupied by Mr H. Ivory, president of the Baptist Central Auxiliary, who extended a hearty welcome to Mr So, there being a large attendance at the meeting speeches of welcome were also delivered by the Rev P. E. Harry (president, uf tho Union), Mr. Carey. Mr. Doo Leong, Mr. Ngan Chong,Mr. Matthew Shum and Mr. H. Jackson. Mr. So Tim Wong suitably replied. Musical items were also contributed by Misses Johnston, Funnell, Pennington, and Mrs. Leo; Messrs. Williams, Barker. Wong Kay Hing, Sue Sang, Griggs, and Joseph. Lue, Miss A. Brown being the pianist. Supper was handed round, "thus ending an enjoyable evening. Evening Post, Volume CIX, Issue 140, 17 June 1925, Page 9

Mr Daniel Wong & Mrs. Mary Ann Wong

CHINESE MISSIONARY'S FUNERAL (Per Press Association.) WELLINGTON, last night.

The funeral of Mr Wong, "the Wellington Chinese missionary, was largely attended", both, by europeans and Chinamen.. There were about 200 of the latter in the church for the service. There were some 50 carriages im the funeral procession. Mrs Wong was amargst the mourners at the graveside. The coffin was met by Archdeacon Fancourt, the Revs. G. P. Davys, D. C. Bates, and H. J, Edward's, and was escorted up the main aisle to the choir, the bearers being all Chinese. The lesson was read by Archdeacon Fancourt, and the rest of the service, that portion which is ordered to be said at the graveside, was taken by the Rev. Mr Davys. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 11240, 2 April 1908, Page 3


News has been received by Mr. Yue H. Jackson, of Wellington, of the death in Hong Kong of Mrs. Mary Ann Wong, at the age of 59. She will be remembered as assistant missioner to the Chinese in Wellington. Mrs. Wong was engaged in work at the Anglican Chinese Mission in Frederick Street for about 25 years and was much respected (and indeed beloved) by Chinese and others who came in contact with her in her work. She was. born in Australia and came to New Zealand where she was married' to the late Mr. Daniel Wong, who was at the time in charge of tho mission in Wellington. Mrs. Wong was particularly successful in her work among the Chinese women in Wellington. She would meet these women when arriving in New Zealand, and would give them a word of comfort as strangers in a strange land, and help them. in every possible way to accustom themselves to their new and strange surroundings. Mrs. Wong left Wellington for Hong Kong in 1927 and joined the family of the Rev. E. Y. P. Lee, chaplain of St. Paul's College, Hong Kong. In his letter conveying the sad news, Mr. Lee informs Mr. Jackson that Mrs. Wong } died in the Hong Kong Hospital after an operation. She was buried in the Chinese Christian cemetery, in the beautiful "Happy Valley" of Hong Kong. News of Mrs. Wong's demise has been received by the Chinese in Wellington with great sorrow. Evening Post, Volume CXVII, Issue 145, 21 June 1934, Page 15


An impressive and dignified memorial service for the late Mrs. Mary Ann Wong-was held at the Chinese Anglican Mission Church last evening,1 his Lordship Bishop Sprott being present. The church was filled almost entirely by Chinese residents., Mr. Gee Chu read the service (in Chinese) according to the Book of Common Prayer, and Mr. Chiu Kwok Chu, missioner, read the lesson from John sv, 27. The memorial address was given by the Yen. Archdeacon Johnson, who spoke, not without ©motion, of the work that Mrs. Wong had done for the mission to Chinese in Wellington. Tho archduaeon began by expressing his heartfelt thanks to those of his Chinese friends who had come to the funeral service of his wife. They had helped him a great deal to realise that these friends of his had not forgotten him in the hour of his bereavement. They had met together on the present occasion to think o± one whose presence had graced the mission for 25 years. The archdeacon said he first met Mrs Wong just after the death of her husband, and he was struck by the way in which she showed that she had the mission at heart, and with the late Mr Dyo Chum she had worked very hard for it. As a result of her work among tlie Chinese he was happy to say that two of his Chinese godsons were present at that service. He pictured the burial service held in Hong Kong for the late Mrs. Wong as it was conducted there by the Rev. E. P. Lee, who would have read the lesson from the Ist bpistle to the Corinthians (xv, 20) and come to the words, "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." Then there would be a pause, as the body^was laid in its place and theu the words would follow, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord for they rest from their labours and their works do follow them." The labour here mentioned did not mean hard work but rather worries—worry in thinking whether one's work would succeed.

The archdeacon then recalled the late Mrs. Wong's bright smile and her earnestness when she came,to see him about some Chinese whom she asked that they should be baptised. She would say how she had prayed for. them. She had indeed prayed, and her works did tollow her. At the social gatherings at the mission she would do all she could to make everyone happy and contented and they would never forget her and all that she did.

The archdeacon quoted from an authority on the Chinese people that they possessed three, great characteristics: sincerity, unselfishness, and greatness of heart. He himself realised how true au estimate this was of Mrs. Wong. She was entirely devoted to the service of her Lord and Master Jesus Christ, and that was why she attracted people and made them "love her. One never knew her do a selfish thing or refuse to do anything because it would give her trouble. She never spared herself in her devotion to the Chinese Mission and to the Chinese women. She placed herself wholly at the disposal of Jesus Christ. As to her greatness of heart, she never looked for faults in other people; on the other hand she would forgive and be gentle when things did not go as well as she had wished. For 25 years she supported the mission loyally because she knew the work was for her Master the Lord Jesus. ''

'' Now she rests from her worries and her works do follow her, and we ourselves thank God that we havo known her—a real; Chinese-Christian lady. We think of-her with the greatest respect, gratitude, and love. She rests until that day comes when her Lord shall say, '.Come, ye, blessed children of My Father, receive tho kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world.' lit humble trust.we leave her in Christ's keeping, thankful for her esample. "

..As a mark of respect, and at the invitation of the speaker, the congregation stood for a moment in silent j»rayer. The service concluded with the benediction pronounced by tho Bishop. Mr. Chuuhow H. Pao, Chinese Consul, was present. Archdeacon Johnson's address was interpreted into' Chinese by Mr. Yue H. Jackson', Vice-Consul.. The service was in Chinese. A large portrait of Mrs. Wong, draped not in crepe but wreathed in green leaves and flowers, was suspended from the lectern.

Evening Post, Volume CXVIII, Issue 1, 2 July 1934, Page 13

Karori cemetery - and photo
Evening Post" Photo; CARE OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE The Wellington Free Kindergarten in Taranaki Street: The Kindergarten is entirely, free and is open to children of any nationality, and anycreed. At top-a-few minutes for amusement; Below, Chinese children watering the garden - and a party of children being taught to appreciate animals. A garden party in aid the funds of the kindergarten is to take place tomorrow afternoon at Mrs. Herbert's The Terrace Evening Post , Issue 56, 7 March 1934, Page 7
The official opening of the new headquarters of the Wellington branch of the Kuo-Min-Tang (the Chinese Nationalist Party), which took place during the holidays. Evening Post, Volume CV, Issue 84, 10 April 1928, Page 10
Loong Kay Chow. Emperor Kwangshu. Kang-Yu-Wai. EMPEROR OF CHINA, AND THE TWO LEADERS OF THE REFORM MOVEMENT The Empress-Dowager has been offering JB14,000( each for the heads of the two reformers, one of whom is sheltered at Singapore and the other at Hongkong. Permission was recently sought from the Australian Governments for Kang-Yu-Wai to visit the Chinese reform associations in. these colonies which have their headquarters in Sydney, and to study representative government here. That was just before the present crisis. Otago Witness , Issue 2422, 16 August 1900, Page 46

Wedding of Miss Mei-Ling Soong, sister of Madame Sun Vat-Sen, and General Chiang Kai-Shek, in Shanghai, This was the first Chinese wedding of note to be held in accordance with Western style, the bride anil bridegroom both wearing European dress. The ceremony was performed by a Chinoso Episcopal minister, Mr. David Z. T. >ul, general secretary of the Chinese Young Men's Christian Association. The illustration shows the bride and bridegroom after the ceremony. Evening Post, Volume CV, Issue 44, 25 February 1928, Page 15
A general view of the port, of Amoy, in the Fukien Province, South China. It is an important Chinese port, and a key base for the coastal shipping service between Hong Kong and Shanghai. It is also a centre of trade with Formosa and the South Sea Islands. Amoy was occupied by the Japanese forces in May last. Evening Post, Volume CXXVI, Issue 109, 4 November 1938, Page 7
CELEBRATING THE FOUNDING OF THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA.— Chinese residents of Wellington and others assembled yesterday afternoon in the Vivian Street rooms of the St. John Ambulance Association to fittingly celebrate the twenty-fourth anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China Evening Post, Volume CXX, Issue 89, 11 October 1935, Page 7
SHANGHAI SITUATION.— As a sequel to alleged murders by Chinese in the international concession at Shanghai, the Japanese threaten to occupy Chapel and Hongkew with armed forces in order to protect Japanese subjects. Chapei and Hongkew are thickly populated suburbs, largely occupied by Chinese, but are included in the international settlement of the city. Hongkew was formerly known as the American settlement, and at its Shanghai end. separated by the Soochow Creek, Consulates-General and other important buildings and large manufacturing undertakings arc situated. Evening Post , Issue 75, 25 September 1936, Page 9

Sir Joseph Ward has suggested that prison labour shall be used for market gardening, and thus a new force will be directed towards ousting the Chinese from New Zealand. — News item. DREAM, OR SHADOW OF A COMING EVENT? New Zealand Free Lance, Volume VIII, Issue 398, 15 February 1908, Page 3
map illustrates the extent of the Japanese invasion of China, as at the beginning of 1939. It also shows the relation of Burma to Yunnan, Evening Post, Volume CXXVIII, Issue 7, 8 July 1939, Page 9

Has the tide of war turned for China? For two months or more the Japanese have been retreating from strategic territory which cost them thousands of casualties to occupy. Particularly important is the recapture by the Chinese of Chekiang Province and its great airfields at Chuhsien and Lishui. From these bases, as can te seen by this map, United Nations planes might easily strike at Japan itself, as well as at its supply lines to outlying fronts in the Pacific. Evening Post, Volume CXXXIV, Issue 100, 24 October 1942, Page 7
IN YESTERDAY'S STREET COLLECTION.— The street cdlleclion in aid of the Otaki Children's Health Camp, held yesterday in Wellington, resulted in the collection of a substantial sum, and included the following items, some of which are shown: — Four 10s notes, pakapoo ticket, two buttons, milk token, farthing, New Zealand three-penny piece with a hole in it, Chinese coin, South African 6d, and a French penny of 1862. Evening Post, Volume CXX, Issue 113, 8 November 1935, Page 7

THE CHINESE CRISIS. Sgt. O'Dooligin. My word, O'Gruel, this is a capture. We'll teach the heathens to come here and practice the white mans sins ! The idea of them fellows rambling. The country must be purified, and we're the men to do it. New Zealand Free Lance, Volume II, Issue 58, 10 August 1901, Page 12
Some of the young Chinese guests who were present on Saturday afternoon at the garden party held in the beautiful grounds of Mr. and Mrs. R. G. C. Ffitch's residence at Khandallah. The local branch of the Y.W.C.A. organised the garden party to assist the Young Women's Christian Associations of China in the present crisis. Evening Post, Volume CXXIV, Issue 112, 8 November 1937, Page 14

Chinese rescuing their goods and chattels daring the recent Japanese advance on the Shanghai front, 1 The pigs seem quite content to, be transported on wheels,
Evening Post, Volume CXXIV, Issue 150, 22 December 1937, Page 11

A Chinese family travelled for over fifty miles by -wheelbarrow to escape Into the British Settlement, being afraid of the violence of Soldiers- They are seen passing a British Post on the southern boundary of the Settlement, and which is four miles from the Bund, on the waterfront.
Evening Post, Volume CXIII, Issue 103, 4 May 1927, Page 9
Map of Nanking, the Chinese southern capital, which is being attached by a Japanese army and is expected to fall to the invaders. The heavy line an the-map indicates the wall of the city.
Evening Post, Volume CXXIV, Issue 139, 9 December 1937, Page 11
A Chinese family stripping the bark off a tree for food. The people of Honan Province, where this picture was taken, have for more than a year been facing famine, and now swarms of locusts have swept the country bare. Evening Post, Volume CXXXVI, Issue 48, 25 August 1943, Page 5

A Chinese family resting by the wayside near Changsha. Crops and homes have been destroyed by the Japanese, and whole families have been compelled to flee. The wheelbarrow contains till their household goods, and the baby of the family finds a place. Evening Post, Volume C, Issue 40, 17 February 1942, Page 5

"Evening Post" Photo. DISTINGUISHED CHINESE VISITORS.— The Hon. Lin Sun, Stale Councillor of the Chinese National Government, and President of the Legislative Yuan, and the Hon. Chan Yew Foon, President of the Commission of Overseas Chinese Affairs, and a member of the executive of the Chinese Nationalist Party, arrived from Australia to-day. The photograph shows a group taken in front of the Chinese Consulate this morning. Fourth from the left is Mr. T. D. H. Hall,-Clerk of the House of Representatives, representing the Speaker (Sir Charles Statham); then, left to right, are the Hon. Ou Tsin Shuing, Consul for China, the Hon. Lin Sun, the jHon. Chan Yew Foon, Mr. Y. Jackson, Vice-Consul .for China, and Mr. C. S. Falconer, Chairman pf the National Council of the V.M.C.A. Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 115, 18 May 1931, Page 7

Captain C. F. Gaby

Captain C. F. Gaby, of the Chinese Maritime Customs at Fuchow, with his wife and daughter and Chinese nursemaid, who arrived today by the Wanganella. Captain Gaby's home town is Geraldine, and he has returned to the Dominion for several months' furlough. Evening Post, Volume CXXVI, Issue 4, 5 July 1938, Page 16

CHINESE SPORTS AT KARORI VAML.-On the left, the Chinese-Consul (Mr,Ou Tainshuing) and Wellington yesterday at Karori Park in honour of the eighteenth anniversary Evening Post, Volume CVIII, Issue 89, 11 October 1929, Page 7
SHIPPING AWAY DECEASED CHINESE FROM PORT CHALMERS. This view shows a number of Chinese waiting for the covered vans to be opened alongside the steamer. Otago Witness , Issue 2537, 29 October 1902, Page 36


ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHINESE REPUBLIC view of the St John Ambulance Hall,Vivian Street, yesterday afternoon during the gathering of Chinese to celebrate the twenty-third anniversary of the foundation of the Chinese Republic Evening Post, Volume CXVIII, Issue 88, 11 October 1934, Page 11