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1893/26 Regina vs. Ghee Gow, Lee Quong, and Wong Ping – burglary and entering, River’s Inlet

As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, the BC Archives has digitized a selection of documents related to criminal prosecutions against the Chinese community from 1866 to 1914, found in GR-0419. These are mainly records created as part of the preliminary hearing held before a judge in order to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. There are often lengthy witness statements, and cross examinations by both prosecution and defense lawyers. The eventual verdict is sometimes recorded on the outside of the docket. They offer a fascinating glimpse into 19th and early 20th century criminal activity around the province, and ways in which the Chinese community was stereotyped. The records offered for transcription here are a small selection; for additional digitized material from GR-0419 click here. 

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I made the statement now produce in Court and signed by me at Rivers Inlet and marked "A". The prisoners have no questions to ask. (Signed) Sing Kee. W. A. Curayow, Interpreter. Taken upon oath and. acknowledged this 29th day of September, A.D. I898 before, (Signed) G. Pittendrigh, J. P.

I, SING KEE that being the name white people know me by declare that Wong Ping told Lee Quong Chee Cow and myself in the China House, when there were no other Chinese around that he saw a money bag being delivered from the steamboat and he asked us if we would go inside the store and take it. When it was dark we went; this may have been about two o'clock in the morning. Lee Quong got in through the front window and opened the back door letting in Chee Cow and Wong Ping; they searched around to find the key intending to open the safe inside the store, and may have been in from half an hour to three quarters of an hour. Not succeeding in finding the key, they got two sticks and Lee Quong and Chee Cow carried the safe while Wong Ping steadied it; after carrying it some distance they went to an Indian house and finding an axe outside, they took it and on returning to the safe Chee Cow broke it open;after taking the money Wong Ping, Lee Quong and Cbee Cow went up into the woods and I returned to the China House, behind the Houses. I was on watch to give the alarm if any person came and saw Chee Cow break it open. BC Archive, GR-04,, BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL Box 49 File 1893/26 Attorney General document..

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