Ah SeeLast Name
Ah SeeArrival in Queensland
pre-1885Date of Birth
ca. 1840Place of Birth
ChinaDate of Death
ca. 1903Place of residence in Queensland
Margaret (Maggie) DunnDate of Marriage
1 May 1885Place Married
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)
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
Ah See and Maggy Dun [sic], married 1 May 1885, Taroom Court House.
John Ah See, born 13 Apr 1886.
Mary Ah See, born 10 Apr 1888.
Unnamed male, born 29 Mar 1892.
Jenny Ah See, born 24 Jun 1893.
Annie Ah See, born 24 Jun 1895.
Nellie Ah See, born 13 May 1900.
Kitty Ah See, born 13 Jun 1902.
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.
Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser
26 Jul 1911