Ah See

Ah See

Last Name

Ah See

Arrival in Queensland


Date of Birth

ca. 1840

Place of Birth


Date of Death

ca. 1903

Place of residence in Queensland



Margaret (Maggie) Dunn

Date of Marriage

1 May 1885

Place Married

Taroom, Qld


John Ah See (b. 13 Apr 1886), Mary Ah See (b. 10 Apr 1888), unnamed male child (b. 29 Mar 1892), Jenny Ah See (b. 24 Jun 1893), Annie Ah See (b. 24 Jun 1895), Nellie Ah See (b. 13 May 1900) and Kitty Ah See (b. 13 Jun 1902)


Ah See, a Chinese man born in about 1840, married Aboriginal woman Margaret (Maggie) Dunn at the Taroom Court House in May 1885. Ah See worked as a gardener at Ghinghinda in the Shire of Banana, west of Bundaberg. Ah See and Maggie had seven children. Following Ah See's death, Maggie married Aboriginal man Peter Rouse.

According to the information recorded on Ah See and Maggie Dunn's marriage certificate, Ah See was born in China in about 1840, the son of He Ong (his father) and Ah Chow (his mother). Ah See was a bachelor aged 45 when he married Maggie. Her age was recorded on the certificate as 'under 21'.

The couple's seven children -- John, Mary, Jenny, Annie, Nellie, Kitty and an unnamed boy -- were born between 1886 and 1902. Some time prior to November 1904, Ah See died leaving Maggie a widow and their children fatherless. In late 1904, 8-year-old Annie Ah See began attending the Deebing Creek Provisional School at the Deebing Creek Aboriginal Mission near Ipswich, while 5-year-old Nellie Ah See was enrolled in June 1905. The school register recorded that the girls lived at Deebing Creek and that their father was deceased.

Following Ah See's death, Maggie married an Indigenous man, Peter Rouse, and returned with him and at least one of her daughters, Kitty Ah See, to the Nanango region. Rouse was charged with the indecent assault of Kitty (Katie) in 1911 and served a prison sentence of four years at the Brisbane Gaol.

As there were multiple Chinese men named Ah See living in Queensland in the late 1800s and early 1900s, it has not been possible to trace Ah See's date or place of death.

Biography by Jan Richardson.

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Image: Taroom, 1895. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Link to digital item: https://hdl.handle.net/10462/deriv/144109

Archival Resources

Qld BDM, Marriage certificate, 1885/C/1736

Ah See and Maggy Dun [sic], married 1 May 1885, Taroom Court House.

Qld BDM, Birth registration, 1886/C/9186

John Ah See, born 13 Apr 1886.

Qld BDM, Birth registration, 1888/C/10734

Mary Ah See, born 10 Apr 1888.

Qld BDM, Birth registration, 1892/C/11110

Unnamed male, born 29 Mar 1892.

Qld BDM, Birth registration, 1893/C/10698

Jenny Ah See, born 24 Jun 1893.

Qld BDM, Birth registration, 1895/C/11099

Annie Ah See, born 24 Jun 1895.

Qld BDM, Birth registration, 1900/C/10865

Nellie Ah See, born 13 May 1900.

Qld BDM, Birth registration, 1902/C/10961

Kitty Ah See, born 13 Jun 1902.

QSA, Admission Register, Purga Aboriginal State School

QSA ITEM ID ITM639781, Admission Register - Purga Aboriginal State School, Digital Representation ID DR 32934, entries for Annie Ah See (No. 128, 7 Nov 1904) and Nellie Ah See (No. 149, 20 Jun 1905), Deebing Creek Provisional School.


Indecent assault

Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser
26 Jul 1911