|Birth: ||Aug. 18, 1817, China|
|Death: ||Sep. 26, 1920, New Zealand|
Appo Hocton was born in China, the son of Fook Ting and his wife, Pae See
He left China at about nine years of age and served on various English ships as a cabin-boy and a steward
Appo is 'famous' for being the first Chinese immigrant to New Zealand, arriving in Nelson on the 26th May 1842 on the immigrant ship THOMAS HARRISON where he was a ship's boy.
When the ship berthed in Nelson he and some other crew members jumped ship.
- he said one reason was the captain's refusal to supply soap with which to wash his clothes
He became housekeeper to Dr Thomas Renwick, who had been surgeon superintendent on the Thomas Harrison.
By 1852 he was naturalised and had established a cartage business
A good site for his bio is:
APPO HOCTON - it tells of his life and has a forum and many relevant links
His date of birth was never verified, and his age at the time of his death on the 26th September 1920, ranges from 98 to 103
ALSO, from the above link: ... "she remembers Appo's grave behind the cottage and not in the Dovedale cemetery as every one says"
Another biography was written by C.B. Malone, at DICTIONARY of NEW ZEALAND Biography
APPO HOCTON - Servant, landlord, carter, farmer
A portrait of Wong ah Poo Hoc Ting
(Appo Hocton) in November 1876
Ancestral File site for Appo show his wives and children
APPO on Family Search
The PEONEY China's flower
Tasman, New Zealand
Created by: pkg
Record added: Nov 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44309315
The Peony, perhaps China's national flower ... link below. In memory of Appo Hocton, New Zealands first naturalised Chinaman|
Added: Nov. 14, 2009