1903/44 Rex vs. Ki Chung – attempt to murder
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.
*Please note that archival source materials are original historical documents that have not been censored, reviewed or otherwise altered by the Royal BC Museum. Some materials may contain content that is racist, sexist or otherwise offensive. In addition, GR-0419 records deal with subjects such as assault, murder and abuse, which may upset some readers. The Royal BC Museum is only the custodian of archival materials; the content does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Royal BC Museum.
*All transcriptions are provided by volunteers, and the accuracy of the transcriptions is not guaranteed. Please be sure to verify the information by viewing the image record, or visiting the BC Archives in person.
INFORMATION AND COMPLAINT for an INDICTABLE OFFENCE.
Canada: Province of British Columbia. County of Kootenay.
THE information and complaint of T.W Bain of Revelstoke taken this Twenty sixth day of January, in the year of OUR Lord on the thousand nine hundred and three before the undersigned one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace in and for the said County of Kootenay, who saith that Ki Chang, did commit and assault with intent to murder Wang Depp Chong at Clanwilliam on Saturday January 23rd, 1903 by cutting him the aforesaid Wang depp Chong with an axe on the head and other injuries to him did do. Sworn before me the day and year first above mentioned at Revelstoke.
"T. W. Bain"
SWORN before me the day year above-mentioned at Revelstoke.
"W.E. McLauchlin" J. P.
BC Archives GR-0419 Box 97 File 1903/44 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Attorney General documents.