Story: History of immigration

Poll tax receipt

Poll tax receipt

As economic conditions worsened in New Zealand, there was a growing animosity towards the Chinese, and from 1881 measures were introduced to restrict further Chinese immigration. All Chinese entering New Zealand had to pay a poll tax. This is the receipt for a poll tax payment.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: L, 24-3, Box 1

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Jock Phillips, 'History of immigration - Depression: 1885 to 1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Aug 2015