Death of a Laundryman in Auckland 1929
Death of a Laundryman in Auckland - : From Archives NZ
Motion for Letters of Administration Sing H aka G Sing
I, M Kee of the city of Auckland, laundryman make Oath:
1 That I knew Sing H aka G Sing of Auckland , laundryman, now deceased
2 died in Auckland 24 /10/1929.
3 that the said deceased was my natural and lawful father and he left surviving the following children – namely my self, this deponent, his son M Fook of Auckland, laundryman, aged 27 and his daughter, Lan Y of Canton, married woman, aged 18 years.
4 That my father the said deceased was married once only and that his wife, my mother Ching Shee is resident in China.
5 My brother M Fook is the only other relative of the deceased residing in the Dominion of New Zealand. My sister is 18 years of age and resides in the interior of China, in the district of Hoy Shan in the province of Canton, and is illiterate. It would take two days for her to come out from her place of residence to Hong Kong. This would mean an expensive and a very difficult journey and is very dangerous on account of brigands. My mother is 51 years of age and is illiterate. She has been separated from my father for 25 years and he has only seen her once during that period - about 19 years ago.
6 That I was born in Canton and of Chinese nationality. The said deceased was born in China and his nationality Chinese.
Filed 5/12/1929 – SWW Tong Solicitor Auckland
Affidavit in support motion of letters of Administration
I, M Fook, of Auckland make oath and say the following:
1 That I am a son of the above named deceased and am 27 years of age.
2 That at the time of his death the deceased was domiciled in the Dominion of New Zealand. The deceased arrived in the Dominion on the 4th Day of July 1904 and paid his poll tax for permanent residence here. He had several businesses and often expressed his intention to remain in the Dominion permanently. He had one visit to China approximately 18 years ago but that was his only visit. My father got myself and my brother to come out to New Zealand to live with him and he paid a poll tax of 100 pounds for each of us to remain here permanently.
3 That the estate of the deceased consists of the sum of 532 pound being money in the bank and approximately 150 pounds in debt owing to him. Of this latter sum 106 pound 10 shillings comprises money found in the deceased's belongings but which were handed over to a fellow Chinese lodge who I am informed claims the money.It will be necessary to bring an action to recover this.
That claims have been made that some of the moneys lying in the bank to the credit of the deceased are moneys received for an illegal lottery but any action based on such claim will be defended.
Signed and dated 4/12/1929
Letter From Public Trust 20/11/1929
SWW Tong Solicitor 24 Customs Street East, Auckland Estate Sing H
Referring to my letter of the 9th instant I have to advise that the Public Trustee has declined to accept administration of this estate.
I am therefore returning to you Auckland savings Bank pass Book Nos 17452 Newton and 70799 HO.
Motion for Letters of Administration and Order dispensing with consents.
We Wah Lee and Fong Cheong both of Auckland
1 That we are the proposed sureties on behalf of M Kee of Auckland, laundryman, the intended administration of the above named Sing H otherwise G Sing deceased in the penal sum of 700 pounds for his faithful administration of the said estate.
Dated and signed 16/1/1930