CEDT for Poon Gooey, 1918

Certificate exempting from the dictation test (CEDT) for Poon Gooey

Each time Poon Gooey left Australia, he applied for a Certificate Exempting from Dictation Test (CEDT). He did this in 1910, 1913, 1916 and finally in 1918. Holding a CEDT was necessary to allow him to return to Australia without being subjected to the dictation test on arrival. It was also necessary for him to purchase a ships passage in Hong Kong, because shipping companies could be fined for bringing 'prohibited immigrants' to Australian shores.

CEDTs recorded personal details that would allow Customs officials to identify people on their return to Australia, and usually had front and side portrait photographs attached. They were also used to record details of the person's departure and arrival.

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NAA: B13, 1918/25405

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