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Poll tax certificate

Poll tax certificate

This poll tax certificate was issued to Yee Nam on his arrival at Wellington in 1904. The poll tax, introduced in 1881, was imposed on Chinese only and was intended to deter them from coming to New Zealand. Originally the tax was £10, but by 1904 when Yee Nam arrived it had risen to £100.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: L, 24-8, Box 1

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Manying Ip, 'Chinese - Later settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 August 2019)

Story by Manying Ip, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015