Posted by Anthony Mew on February 17, 1998 at 02:24:56:
Seeking information on Chinese Ancestry of the AH MOUY family of Taishan, China.
Louis AH MOUY. Born 1826 in Taishan, China. Died 28 Apr 1918 in South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Buried 29 Apr 1918 in Melbourne Cemetery, Victoria, Australia. Occupation Builder, Miner, Merchant, Entreprenuer.
The villiage of Tang Mien Pao in the far north of Taishan adjacent to the Xinhui border may have been the home of Louis Ah Mouy.
It is believed he came from a family of twelve, with only a sister still living in China at the time of Louis's death.
A VETERAN CHINESE
DEATH AT MIDDLE PARK
In this country it is seldom indeed that the natural death of a Chinese is made the subject of special reference in the press, but exception is made in the instance recorded below, deceased being the first Chinese to land in Victoria, and being highly esteemed, as are his family, for his many outstanding good qualities.
At the age of 92 years, Mr. Louey Ah Mouey, who has been a colonist of Victoria for 67 years, died at his home at 16 Nimmo Street, Middle Park, on Sunday.
A builder by trade, Mr. Ah Mouey was the first Chinese to land in Victoria, coming out from Canton in 1851 under contract to erect some buildings for Captain Glendinning, the master of the sailing vessel by which he travelled. It is claimed that he built the first houses that existed in South Melbourne and Williamstown.
Soon after his arrival here, he wrote to his brother in Canton to come to Victoria. The letter was intercepted in China, and it is assumed that this initiated the immigration of Chinese to Victoria.
Mr. Ah Mouey was a great mining investor and speculator, and in the fifties with Chinese labour, he opened up many mines in the Yea district. After having been eight or ten years in Victoria, he could speak the English language fluently, and read and write excellently. As the result of his marriage in Victoria to a woman of his own nationality, Mr. Ah Mouey leaves seven sones, three daughters, and 12 grandchildren. The daughters and two sons are married. One son, Mr. Ling Ah Mouey, is a member of the legal profession in Melbourne, and another Mr. M. H. Ah Mouey, is an architect, living in Middle Park. Both were well known in local sporting circles as cricketers of more than average skill. A grandson is employed as an electrical engineer in the Postmaster-General's Department. Six of the sons are in Melbourne, while the seventh is a retired merchant living in Hong Kong. One daughter is living in Victoria, and the other two in Calcutta and America. A sister is living in China.
Mr. Ah Mouey was well known in business circles, he having been a tea merchant and an importer and exporter, of 200 Swanston Street.
His remains were interred in the Church of England portion of the Melbourne Cemetery on Monday afternoon.
(This obituary was taken from Herald (Melbourne), 30 Apr 1918)
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