Story: Immigration regulation

Chinese gold miners

Chinese gold miners

By 1869 there were about 2,000 Chinese people in New Zealand. Almost all were men who came to work the goldfields of Otago and the West Coast. Most of them probably intended to make their fortunes and return to China. An 1871 report dismissed popular allegations against the Chinese, but pressure mounted to exclude further arrivals. Formal restrictions on Chinese immigrants were imposed in 1881. On the goldfields, the Chinese pretty much kept to themselves, living in small ‘Chinatowns’. Some ran their own businesses rather than searching for gold. At Round Hill in Southland, one Chinese man ran his own hotel.

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Ann Beaglehole, 'Immigration regulation - 1881–1914: restrictions on Chinese and others', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/1365/chinese-gold-miners (accessed 24 August 2019)

Story by Ann Beaglehole, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 18 Aug 2015