Saturday, January 7, 2012

Chinese Merchant Dead.

(Per Press Association)

DUNEDIN, July 22. Mr Sew Hoy, a well-known Chinese merchant, died suddenly this afternoon. (The deceased was one of the original members of the Big Beach Sew Hoy syndicate, and was very successful in the flotation of dredging companies. He was the owner of a large merchant's business, and was noted for his liberality to public institutions. Thames Star, Volume XXXIX, Issue 10009, 23 July 1901, Page 4

SEW HOY.— On the 22nd July (suddenly), at his residence, Cumberland -street, Charles Sew Hoy, merchant; aged 64 years. Deeply regretted. Otago Witness , Issue 2471, 24 July 1901, Page 49


Mr Charles Sew Hoy, a well known Chinese citizen, of Dunedin, died suddenly last week, aged sixty-four years. The cause of death was heart failure. Our correspondent states that Mr Sew Hoy belonged oiiginally to Canton, and as a young man went to San Francisco, whence he travelled somewhere in the late fifties, to Victoria and started in business in a small way. But ifc was in New Zealand that he made his money. Be was in a sense the pioneer of dredging in New Zealand, being the owner or, at any rate, the principal shareholder in the Big Beach venture, where the first dredge was worked. In late years Mr Sew Hoy's chief mining interest was at Nokomai in hydraulic sluicing. The water for these operations was brought a distance of twenty miles, and the opening up cost many thousands of pounds. The deceased was the mainstay of these enterprises! and held the largest number of shares. He was most enterprising, and had the reputation of being upright and honourable and very liberal and open-handed

West Coast Times , Issue 11972, 26 July 1901, Page 4

Among the bodies of the Chinese carried by the Ventnor was that of the late Mr Sew Hoy, the well-known pioneer in godd-dredging, of Dunedin. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 9576, 4 November 1902, Page 2

THE ILL-FATED VENTNOR. (By Telegraph—Press Association), Auckland, This Day,

The steamer Energy has been employed during the past three weeks in an effort to locate the wreck of the Ventnor at Hokianga Heads, with a view to the recovery of the Chinese bodies. There are on the Energy two Chinese representatives and a representative of the Underwriters. The Chinese are sparing no expense, especially in tho recovery of the coffin containing tho body of Sew Hoy, of Otago. The deceased's relatives are willing to pay from £2000 to £3000 to secure his burial in Chinese soil. Four coffins have been washed ashore, and it is alleged were broken open by Maoris searching for money said to have been placed in Sew Hoy's coffin. Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XXVI, Issue 7348, 30 December 1902, Page 3

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