Chim Chum Gee

This headstone was uncovered by Howard, one of our volunteers at our Tuesday Working Bees. The headstone is for Chin Chum Gee who was found dead in bed on 14th November 1921, in a house on Courtenay Place. An inquest was held and the medical evidence stated that he died of a disease known as beri-beri (Thiamine deficiency) which was noted in the newspaper as being common among sailors who visited Asia.

Chin was 21 years of age and had a cousin in Wellington, George On, who testified that Chin had only arrived in Wellington from New Plymouth a few days prior and had been in bed since his arrival.

Chin was buried on 15th November and is the only interment in this plot.

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