Saturday, February 11, 2012

Chinese Wedding.-—

A unique and interesting wedding took plaoe on board the c.c. Wakatipn yesterday afternoon (says the N.Z. limes), when Mr Chin Ting, a well known and well-to-do Chinese storekeeper from Pahiatua, was united m the bonds of matrimony by the Rev Mr Ogg to Miss Ching Fan, of Hongkong. The latter came by the Wakatipu in charge of another Chineee lady, in the capacity of chaperon, and left the boat only after she had become Mrs Chin Ting. The prinoipal were' most stylishly attired, and attracted a great deal of attention It is statcd that a formal application will be made for a refund of the poll tax on Mrs Ting, and that if this is not oomplied with a test case will be instituted, a legal opinion having been given that a Chinese woman married to a naturalised Chinaman before landingin New Zealand is under the existing law exempt from the poll tax. Marlborough Express, Volume XXXIII, Issue 20, 25 January 1898, Page 2

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