1893/26 Regina vs. Ghee Gow, Lee Quong, and Wong Ping – burglary and entering, River’s Inlet
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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same rate of wages. We had handed in to the said company a pay list showing those days and amount payable to these men. The wages could only be drawn by presentation of the tickets was as I have stated - the name "Protection Island Shaft" Date and the number of the Chinaman Please pay no2 so as might Chinaman his pay and signed "Bray and Richards". The prisoner was no2 and I positively identify him as the Chinaman to whom I gave the ticket besides his own on that pay day as I believe the tickets of no1 and no6 Chinamen. Signed N M Bray. The above deposition being interpreted the the prisoner by Mr Sing and the prisoner being asked if he has any questions says "Billy" (meaning Mr Bray) gave me tickets, no1 and no6 no1 all the same Joe Ham ,no6 all the same Chang [?] no5 (being Ma On) him dead I paid Ma On no5 promised to lend the money to me. The prisoner says he has no questions to ask but to say something more to the bench