1882/17 Ah Ton, assault, on CPR railroad construction crew
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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General form of information or of complaint of oath. Canada, Province of British Columbia, District of Yale THE informative of Augustus Carroll of the Town of Yale in the said District of Yale taken upon Oath, before me, the undersigned, one of Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace in and for the said District of Yale at Yale in the said District of Yale, this second day of November in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and eighty two who saith that (he hath just cause to suspect and believe, and doth suspect and believe that) Omi Ab. Low "a Chinaman" of eight mile hill on the C.P. Railway in the said District of Yale, within the space of one month last past, to wit, on the twenty sixth day of October instant, at eight mile hill C.P. Railway in the District of aforesaid, did unlawfully assault with a long handle shovel the Plaintiffs Augustus Carroll, thereby breaking his left arm.
contrary to the form of Statute in such case made and provided. TAKEN and sworn before me, the day and year and at the place above mentioned.