Author Talk: Merchant, Miner, Mandarin

8 November 2020 2:00pm — 3:00pm

Authors Jenny Sew Hoy Agnew and Trevor Agnew take us on a fascinating historical adventure as they build a picture of the illustrious career of a gentleman who would change the shape of commerce and industry in Otago and Southland. 

In 1869, a businessman from China’s Guangdong Province first set foot on New Zealand soil at Port Chalmers at the invitation of the Otago Chamber of Commerce. Choie Sew Hoy set up a mercantile empire and invested his profits into numerous successful goldmining ventures, becoming one of Dunedin’s most prominent entrepreneurs.


Presented courtesy of Canterbury University Press and in partnership with University Bookshop Otago and the Dunedin Public Libraries Association. Books will be available to purchase.

Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin City Library



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