Appo Hocton

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Appo Hocton in November 1876

Appo Hocton (c. 1823 – 26 September 1920), with a birth name of Wong Ahpoo Hock Ting or Wong Ah Poo Hock Ting, his Chinese name was 黃鶴庭,was a Chinese-born New Zealand servant, landlord, carter and farmer. Born in about 1823, [1] he was the first recorded Chinese emigrant to New Zealand, arriving in Nelson on 25 October 1842. [2]

Hocton purchased land in Nelson's Washington Valley, where he built eight cottages, four of which still exist today; they are located at 40 Washington Road, and nearby at 16, 38, and 40 Hastings Street. [2]

In 1876 Appo Hocton moved to Dovedale, Tasman onto a 485-acre block of land near Brandy Creek, after clearing the land Appo farmed cattle and sheep. [3] Appo died on the 26 September 1920 at the purported age of 103. He was buried at Dovedale Cemetery although some believe he was buried behind his home at Dovedale, Tasman.

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  1. Malone, C. B. "Appo Hocton". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. 1 2 "Appo Hocton, Nelson 055". Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  3. Stade, Karen (2010). Appo Hocton : Wong Ah Poo Hoc Ting : New Zealand's first Chinese immigrant, Nelson, 1842-1920. Nelson Provincial Museum. Nelson, N.Z.: The Nelson Provincial Museum. ISBN   9780473161989. OCLC   574619486.