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Hocton Cottages

circa 1880

Appo Hocton, New Zealand's first naturalised Chinese immigrant arrived in Nelson in 1842. As a 9 yo Wong Ah Poo Hoc Ting left South China to become a cabin boy on English sailing ships. He was a steward on the immigrant ship, the Thomas Harrison bound for NZ and jumped ship in Nelson. He established a carting business and built several houses - two of which remain at # 38 and 40 Hastings St, Nelson.

He left a remarkable 1600 living descendants.

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Taken on August 11, 2011