The NZCFS Wellington Branch Newsletter for July is downloadable here.
Next Branch Meeting: Wednesday 21 July 2021 at 6:30pm
Guest Speaker: Lynette Shum
Speaking on the SS Ventnor: shipwrecks, bones, memorials, and relationships?
In 1902, the SS Ventnor, en route to China, sunk off the Hokianga Heads, with the loss of he lives of some of the crew and passengers. What was remarkable about this ship was hat in its cargo were the remains of around 499 Chinese men who had died in New Zealand. Since 2007, the Chinese community, including direct descendants, have built relationships with the local iwi who have looked after the bones for all these years, and have together honoured the memory of those whose bones were lost.