1901/90 Rex vs. Wong Quen and Wong Yun – running a gambling house, Nanaimo
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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CANADA: Province of British Columbia, County of Nanaimo,
THE information and complaint of John Thomson of Cumberland, taken this 1st day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and one, before the undersigned one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace, in and for the said County of Naniamo, who saith that Wong Yuan and Wong Quen of Chinatown, District of Comox, County and Province aforesaid did unlawfully on the 19th day of October 1901 at Chinatown aforesaid, conduct a scheme for the purpose of determining, who, the holder of certain tickets, were the winners of moneys then and there to be disposed on.
Sworn before me &c., "James Abrams" J.P.
BC Archives GR-0419 Box 89 File 1901/90 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General Documents.