Pack Tan Chee Ah Tan (1842–1895)
Cantonese-born Pack Tan Chee Ah Tan, aged 14, arrived in Australia from Hong Kong on 15 May 1856. Twenty-two years later, on 15 October 1878 he received his Naturalisation Certificate, having been a resident in the country for the requisite 21 years.
Ah Tan was a hotelkeeper. Quite often on the goldfields, hotels were canvas tents rather than buildings. Ah Tan’s establishment was a nine-roomed building which could cater for eight customers at a time.
In 1872 Ah Tan married Mary Ann Wagstaff, and they raised a family of five children. It was written on his headstone that Ah Tan was ‘a very good man’.