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.
Using this item
Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: L, 24-8, Box 1
This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand Licence