Second Burial: New Zealand Chinese Experience 1883 and 1902 - Researched by Helen Wong
Cantonese custom of secondary burial, the idea of exhuming the dead,
cleaning the bones, and then burying them again, helps to explain why so
many (overseas) Chinese were not only willing to exhume their dead but
also to clean the bones and put them in containers for shipment back to
China. * Reburial: Exhuming the Dead and Returning Them to China http://www.cinarc.org/Death-2.html#anchor_14
were two periods of mass exhumation of Chinese in New Zealand,
organised for the Panyu people, by the Dunedin Sew Hoy family.
In 1883, 286 Chinese from the South Island were repatriated on the Hoi How.
in 1902, 499 were aboard the ill fated Ventnor when it sank 10 miles
off the Hokianga Heads. This time Panyu men from both the South Island
and the North Island were included, as well as eleven Wellington men
from the Jung Seng county of China.
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