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Benjamin Wong Tape, also named Wong Ben Yew, was born on 26 December 1875 in Dunedin, New Zealand, the eldest child of Forsigh Wong Tape and his second wife, Hie Toy. Wong Tape, a merchant from Sunning (Taishan) county, Guangdong province, China, had led an early group of Cantonese goldseekers to Otago. Hie Toy and Wong Tape were married by the minister of Knox Church at Wong Tape's house on 20 March 1875, immediately following Hie Toy's arrival in Dunedin. They were to have at least seven children. Wong Tape had left a family in China, including a son named Wong King Yip, who came to New Zealand about 1889.
Forsigh Wong Tape established the Hip Fong Tie store in Dunedin and an export office in Hong Kong. He divided his time between the two countries, actively maintaining links with his homeland, and Benjamin spent much of his early life moving between Hong Kong and New Zealand. He received a good English education. About 1887 he went with his father to Hong Kong, enrolling in Victoria College (later Queen's College), an Anglican school, where he won the Belilios Scholarship and passed the Oxford local examination. In 1891 he returned to Dunedin after his father died, and attended Otago Boys' High School in 1892. In 1894 he left again for Hong Kong; while there he married Emma Kwai-Chun, who remained behind when Wong Tape returned to Dunedin in 1898. His mother, his younger brother Wong Ben Chung, and probably his four sisters, had gone back to China.
Wong Tape joined Wong King Yip in running Hip Fong Tie. The firm imported tea, opium, silk, fireworks, fancy goods and Chinese food and drinks, and provided loans to Chinese. Much of the business was conducted by Wong King Yip, as Wong Tape was frequently absent on visits to Chinese communities in Otago and Southland. Nevertheless, he became well known in Dunedin both as a businessman and an interpreter. He took pride in being Chinese, insuring his pigtail for £1,000 in an effort to prevent its being cut off by larrikins.
Wong Tape was a professed Christian. Although baptised a Presbyterian, he was most active among Baptists and Methodists: a veiled attack on his parents by the Presbyterian minister Alexander Don in his 1898 book Under six flags was, no doubt, partly the cause of this.
In 1905 Wong Tape left Dunedin for Hong Kong for the last time, for a mixture of business and family reasons. He took with him glowing testimonials from leading Dunedin citizens. In Hong Kong he became general manager and regional secretary of an insurance company. Although he retired in 1934, he was asked by the company in 1945 to reopen the Hong Kong office.
Wong Tape faithfully attended church, was secretary of the Young Men's Christian Association, and participated in a host of public-spirited organisations. An early member of the Police Reserve, he attained the rank of inspector. He was a founder member of the Hong Kong Rotary Club and one of the founders of the University of Hong Kong. In 1925 he was appointed a justice of the peace, and in 1936 and again in 1949 a member of the Urban Council. He was made an OBE in 1948. In his old age he was an especially honoured guest at Government House receptions.
Benjamin Wong Tape died on 16 June 1967, survived by two sons. Emma had died in 1953. He spoke constantly of Dunedin and New Zealand; had he stayed, he would probably have attained a position comparable to that of his compatriot, Charles Sew Hoy. Till we meet again - regards - edmondsallan -
James Ng. 'Wong Tape, Benjamin - Biography', from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 1-Sep-10
edmondsallan - hello - Although the surname is well known thro out the north , this pioneering family , who settled a bit later on , in the very Northern Peninsula of NZ, generally not much has been recorded about them . I came across this article , by accident , back in ( let me have a peek at my notations attached --- yes their it is --- 1974.
I was with my Brother heading up that old road , smack , bang in the middle of the peninsula ,when I asked who originally owned this ground ? He ,still driving & dodging pot holes & he knew the North like the back of his hand said .
" the Maori Yates family," not mentioning " Samuels Jewish faith "We were heading north to get to one of the east coast beaches & rocks . We had just gathered some " Toheroa's " from the west side and were now after some " Cray's " My favourite food on the other side Taken fresh out of the sea , eating them , " Yum Yum !!! when I wish for the good old days that is what I wish for . ( ** > Stop your raving you old goat & get on with the Journal < ** ).
" Ngawini and Samuel Yates " ran a large farm and general store in the far north of New Zealand during the latter part of the nineteenth century. Samuel Yates was born in London, England, probably in 1829, the son of Saul Yates, a solicitor, and his wife, Sarah Isaacs. Samuel's paternal grandfather, Benjamin Eliakim Yates, had Anglicised the family name from Goetz, and was the founder and first minister of the Liverpool Jewish congregation. Samuel was educated in Liverpool and later in Paris, where he became fluent in French and is said to have made the acquaintance of Emperor Louis Napoleon.
It had always been assumed that Samuel would follow in his father's footsteps and take up the law. However, in 1852 he accompanied his father to New Zealand to join other family members, and did not pursue his legal studies. After a brief stay in Auckland, he moved north to Mangonui, where he opened a general store. In 1862 or 1863 he travelled on to Parengarenga in the far north, initially planning to open another store for a trial period of six months, but he remained there for the rest of his life.
On 16 December 1880 Yates married Ngawini (Annie) Murray at Mangonui. Ngawini was born at Pukepoto, near Kaitaia, probably in 1852 or 1853. Her father was John Murray, also known as John Boradale, a shipwright and long-time European resident of Pukepoto. Her mother, Kateraina Te Kone, was descended from Tarutaru, the ancestor of Te Rarawa. Ngawini's great grandmother was Ruakuru, the sister of Te Rarawa leader Poroa. Ngawini, who was the eldest of 15 children, also had links with Te Aupouri.
This family even at that early stage of settlement , were thinking big time . They were dreaming & planning to farm the whole of the
" Aupouri Peninsula " in the North . What is more astounding , they made and took huge steps to accomplish their dream . I guess some people have , that determination and abilities to see that far ahead . Till we meet again - Regards - edmondsallan
edmondsallan - Hello - When " Samuel " first visited " Parengarenga " in the 1860's most of the land when Samuel Yates first visited Parengarenga in the early 1860s, the surrounding country was largely covered in fern and scrub. Over time he and Ngawini transformed a good deal of their estates into pasture, which was soon stocked with sheep, horses and 2,000 head of cattle. Some 350 kauri-gum diggers, Maori and European, also ranged over large areas of their land, and the extensive amount of gum they obtained was traded at the Parengarenga store. During the early years stock from the station was driven overland to Auckland. Stock and gum were later shipped directly from Parengarenga Harbour on the Glenelg from a long jetty running out over the mudflats. Samuel soon became an enormously influential figure at Parengarenga, gaining the sobriquet 'King of the Far North'. He had been a justice of the peace since 1873.
On 16 December 1880 Yates married Ngawini (Annie) Murray at Mangonui. Ngawini was born at Pukepoto, near Kaitaia, probably in 1852 or 1853. Her father was John Murray, also known as John Boradale, a shipwright and long-time European resident of Pukepoto. Her mother, Kateraina Te Kone, was descended from Tarutaru, the ancestor of Te Rarawa. Ngawini's great grandmother was Ruakuru, the sister of Te Rarawa leader Poroa. Ngawini, who was the eldest of 15 children, also had links with Te Aupouri. Samuel and Ngawini purchased and leased from Maori large tracts of land totalling as much as 150,000 acres, stretching from Te Kao to North Cape and across to the western coast, including Te Reinga. At Paua, on the southern shores of Parengarenga Harbour, they built an 11-roomed homestead named Paki, and a large trading establishment. Peacocks could often be seen parading through the grounds of the homestead.
I can just imagine the Traquillity of that mental picture . Also they can be Beautiful eating if they plenty of grass & berries . Bit stronger than " Pukako " yet not as strong as swan . Gosh ,I could write another journel on the taste of wild food . Don't get me started on the wild young pig that has beengiev an operation and let go again to grow up a bit . I have to stop . I sending myself into a feeding frenze Till we meet again - Regards - edmondsallan
edmondsallan - hello - When you think or try to establish a mental picture of ' Parengarenga ' back in those times and european settlers that far north,they would be few and far between . Also ancestral knowledge handed down said , " Samuel Yates " was able to acquire large areas of land through his wife's tribal connections. It has also been suggested that as local Maori gum-diggers had probably run up big accounts at the ' Parengarenga store ' during the industry's periodic slumps, he could exert pressure on them to sell or lease their land. Nevertheless, local Maori appear to have thought highly of Samuel. Many of them continued to reside on the land, at least when he and Ngawini were alive, and they were employed on the station as shearers or musterers.
From the outset Ngawini took an active role in the management of the station. She also found the time to raise and oversee the education of her eight children. A fine horsewoman, she often took part in the musters of cattle and sheep. As Samuel grew older she assumed a more prominent role. Samuel's health began to fail in the late 1890s, and in September 1900, sensing that his death was near, he set out for Auckland so that his body could be interred in the Jewish cemetery in Karangahape Road. He died, on 14 September, just as the ' Paeroa 'was leaving Parengarenga Harbour. He was survived by Ngawini, five daughters and three sons. Ngawini saw to it that Samuel's last wish was carried out.She then managed the station and ran the store alone, keeping records and accounts and overseeing the local kauri-gum trade. Under her management the station developed its own breed of bullock, the "Lineback ". Ngawini Yates was capable, generous, intelligent and very able in business affairs. She died at Parengarenga on 29 July 1910. On her headstone she is described as 'Beloved of both Pakeha and Maori'.
What a couple of top grade settlers they turned out to be . They led by example . I suspose it takes on a very simular thing to the likes of Ancestral researching / Journal writing . Usually it is quite easy for a very good Genealogist to find out how many others aquired their base knowledge to put into print .In most cases it has all been done before and it is a matter of finding it and putting your own brand on it I know my own research , real ancestral research ,takes up about 3 hours a day . Quite often the wastage is very high . so what you really come out with is about an hour a day that is real unresearched
ancestral workings that one can note & eventually follow up . I think
"Samuel & Ngawini Yates " were the in the same position . They first used the knowledge from other sources to give them their base . Then they tweaked that bit by bit . Finally ,finding their own methods and great success. I have found this Ancestral couple to have been very interesting indeed .
Till we meet again - Regards -edmondsallan
edmondsallan - Hello -18811955 WE are paying a visit to " Otago " just to get to know this Chinese family
Teacher, translator, consul
Yue Ah Hee, a Chinese merchant, emigrated to Otago, New Zealand, from the village of Lee Yuan, Sunning (Taishan) county, Guangdong province, and in 1877 married a Scottish domestic servant, Mary Ferguson. On 15 July 1881 at Roxburgh the fourth of five children was born, and registered with the personal name of Henry Jackson. He was later known by varying combinations of his family name (Yue) and given names, and was also called Yue En Ho. In the Chinese community he was known as Yue Jack-son, but always referred to himself as Yue Henry Jackson.
In 1885 Yue's father died, and his mother later decided to take the family to her husband's village to live. On 25 September 1890 Yue Henry Jackson, his older brother and three sisters, together with Yue Chee-fan, a friend and clansman, left Roxburgh bound for Port Chalmers and Hong Kong. Tragedy struck only a week out from New Zealand when Yue Chee-fan died. Mary pleaded successfully with the captain not to have him buried at sea but to take him on to the village for burial.
In Hong Kong, Yue and his family were met by two uncles who arranged for them to travel upriver to Lee Yuan. Their arrival caused great commotion, the boys being taunted with the jibe 'fan gwaai!' (foreign devil). Yue's older brother Alex soon taught the Chinese children some respect by beating one of the tormenters. Other clashes followed. When Mary was shown her husband's house where she and her family were to live, she noticed the traditional family altar in the living room. Being a Christian she started to dismantle it, causing consternation. In the interests of family harmony she was persuaded to restore it. Yue's mother died only a year after arriving in China, leaving Alex as head of the family.
The children tried to follow Chinese customs. Yue and his brother received a traditional Chinese education, and his sisters were expected to have their feet bound, although only one actually submitted to the ordeal. Yue actively supported his sisters in going against such traditions, and in their later desire to choose their own husbands. However, his attitude led to a conflict with his older brother and his relatives and signalled his desire to re-enter the European world.
At the age of 16 Yue left the village and moved to Hong Kong. About this time he was converted to Christianity. The dispute between him and his family was resolved and two of his sisters were allowed to move to Hong Kong, where they attended school. His other sister remained in the village and married the man arranged for her. Yue went on to finish his schooling at the Diocesan Boys' School. On reaching matriculation he became an assistant master there, and taught from 1 January 1902 to 3 October 1904.
Later in 1904 Yue returned to New Zealand, where he attended Dunedin Technical School. After working in a fruit shop in Greymouth from the end of 1905 he returned to China in 1906 to visit his sisters, two of whom had moved to Shanghai. He took a position there in an American firm, Davis and Lawrence Company, and in 1907 he married Olive Beatrice Stokes, who was originally from Greymouth. She gave birth to a daughter that same year but died from smallpox shortly afterwards.
In 1910 Yue and his daughter returned to Greymouth. The next year he moved to Wellington to take up a position as secretary and translator in the Chinese consulate. On 29 September 1913 at Teal Valley, Nelson, he married Ada Waterhouse, with whom he had two children. His career at the Chinese consulate continued until his retirement in 1948. During that time he became vice consul (1931) and consul (1941).
Yue was a strong supporter of both the Anglican and Baptist missions to the Chinese in Wellington. An advocate of numerous Chinese causes, he frequently acted as interpreter for Chinese clients in court and was said to be 'one of the finest friends the Chinese in this country ever had'. He was active in both the New Zealand Chinese Association and the New Zealand branch of the Kuomintang. Yue Henry Jackson died at his home at Paekakariki on 30 October 1955, survived by his wife and three children. Where did we get the idea that only white skin people were good to colonize NZ. ?? Till we meet again -Regards - edmondsallan