Thursday, October 01, 2009

Tue, 1 Jul 2008 100 Years Ago

The Chinese Immigrants Restriction Act of last session, which has just received the Royal assent, provides that no Chinese shall land in New Zealand until it has been proved that he or she is able to read a printed passage of not less than 100 words of the English language selected at the discretion of the Collector of Customs or principal officer at the port of landing.

The right of appeal to a magistrate is provided.

Any master of a ship who lands or permits to land in the Dominion any Chinese who has not fulfilled the requirements of the act is liable to a penalty not exceeding 50.

The act will not apply to any teacher of the Christian religion duly accredited to the Minister of Internal Affairs.

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