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1880/13 Regina vs. Ah Mow – escape

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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BC Archives G-0419

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Indictable Offences

(A) Vide ss. 1 and 9.

Warrant and Complaint for an Indictable Offence.

Canada City of Victoria Province of British Columbia

The information and complaint of C.Todd of taken this twenty-third day of March in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty before the undersigned, one of Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace in and for the said Province, who saith one Ah Maw (a chinese) sentenced at the Assize Court, James Bay in the city of Victoria aforesaid held on Monday the second day of June 1879 to eighteen months imprisonment with hard labor did on the twenty-third day of February 1880 unlawfully and feloniously break gaol by escaping from the chain gang while working at the school reserve in the City of Victoria aforesaid and I charge the said Ah Maw with unlawfully and feloniously breaking gaol at the time and place aforesaid contrary to the Form of Statute in such case made and provided. The prisoner was found guilty of larceny. Sworn before me the day and year above mentioned at Victoria in the said province of British Columbia. This information put through the interpreter Ah Sing to the prisoner Ah Sin

[illegible] C.P.C.

A.F. Pemberton S.M.

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 19 File 1880/13 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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