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Notice for Chinese gamblers

Notice for Chinese gamblers

This notice in Chinese characters from a 19th-century gambling house in Switzers (Waikaia), Southland, sets out rules for gambling. The text, translated into English, reads:

A notice announcing to people that:

  • Gold rings will be taken by weight
  • If you pawn your ring you have one month to redeem it
  • One ounce of gold is worth 90 shillings
  • You cannot pawn your suit or watch
  • You must follow these rules
  • You can compare these rules with other places, these are considered fair rules

Dated the 21st day of the 9th month [1887].

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Manying Ip, 'Chinese - Later settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/1088/notice-for-chinese-gamblers (accessed 13 June 2021)

Story by Manying Ip, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015