1880/20 Ah Jim, non-payment of School Tax*
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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"A" Referred to in Deposition
To L P Lewis my bailiff. I hereby authorize and require you to distrain the goods and chattels of Ah Jim 2 2 [?] in the district of Victoria City or of any goods and chattels in his possession wherever the same may be found within the district or of any goods or chattels found on his premises the property of or in the possession of any other occupant of the premises for $9.00 being one year 's taxes due to her Majesty for the year 1881 together with $3.50 for costs under the authority of the " Assessment Act 1876" and to proceed thereon for the recovery of the said taxes and costs as the law directs.dated this 31 day of March 1881. N. Shakespeare Collector
BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 19 File 1880/20 Attorney General documents.