Banner image: Yip Hoy's grandaughter, Margaret Loy nee Ah Kee (in front of the family store in Normanton, Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland) and his great-grand daughter Jenny Kee

From Chinese New Year, 2023 you will be able to search for your Queensland Chinese ancestors:

a friendly DRAGON will act as your guide to the collection of photos of Chinese faces.

After working here from 1860 to 1960, these immigrants applied to re-enter Australia before visiting China.

It does not include all Chinese who came here, only those who applied to re-enter. 

Each photo has the following information:

National Archives reference, name, sex, age, birth place, returned or not,

and where available,occupation, location, immigration agent*, married/widow//er, time spent in Australia,

departure port, ship, sailing day; then arrival port ship, and return day. (*this and the family name provide clues of clan allegiance)

Here is an example: 

J2483.225.72Yet Hoy75CantonretiredNormanton53yThursdayIslandEASTERN19.1.17 Thursday IslandAKIMARU26.8.17

This means:

These photographs are from National Archives Australia series J2482 control number 225/72 of a man known in English as Yet Hoy at 75 years of age. He was born in Canton, southern China. At the time of this application for a travel document, he was retired and lived in Normanton (north Queensland). He had been in Australia for 53 years. He left from Thursday Island in the steam ship  "Eastern" on 19 January 1917 and returned to the Australian port of Thursday Island on the steam ship "Aki Maru" on 26 August 1917

Yet Foy, the baker, in 1901

This photograph of the 58 year-old baker was taken about 1901 in Croydon, north Queensland by Alphonse Chargois. He, with his wife and family, ran one of two Chinese stores in the large gold fields town itself.  There was a separate, large, satellite Chinatown as well.

Whenever he went to pay his annual business registration fee, his name was recorded as Yet Hoy or Yet Foy or Yat Hoy or Yah Foy because this is what it sounded like in English. He was eventually naturalised with the name Yet Foy and his direct descendants can be readily identified today as this unique surname is used only by that family.  

In 1917 when he applied to visit his home village in Canton, his name was interpreted as Yet Hoy. A search of this database will readily find his photo under that adapted name.

Incidentally Yet or Yip was his family name. Foy or Hoy was his given name. The Chinese system of naming records the family name first and the given names after. So his descendants here use both his Chinese names as an Australian double surname and, in the latest generation, sometimes Yetfoy or Yet-Foy.
Married Chinese women retained their birth names. Other Chinese would have referred to Yip Hoy's wife as Luk Ho, or, more familiarly, Ah How, not Mrs. Ho Yip.

The friendly DRAGON guide will interpret the English version of your ancestor's name 

and show possible alternatives. 

The Yet Foy family bakery and store with Yet Foy, his wife Ah How and his children taken in circa 1901 in Sircom street, Croydon.

The Yet Foy family outside their baker's store in Croydon, north Queensland about 1901 by a town photographer, Alphonse Chargois

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