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1898/14 re Chinese miners on Fraser River – encroaching on an Indian reserve

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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Copy Summary Convictions GG. - (Section 872.)

Warrant of Commitment on an order of the first instance.


To all or any of the Constables and other Peace Officers in the said County of Westminster and to the Keeper of the Common Gaol of the County of Westminster at Yale, in the said County of Westminster

WHEREAS, on March 17th last past, complaint was made before the undersigned A. Irwin Esq Indian Agent, a Justice of the Peace in and for the said County District of Yale, for that Hop Lee did unlawfully trespass by mining and residing on the fore shore of the Spuzzum Indian Reserve on Wednesday March 16th 1898

and afterwards, to wit, on the Seventeenth day of March at The Court House Yale and Hop Lee appeared before me, the said Justice, and thereupon having considered the matter of the complaint I adjudged the said Hop Lee

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 75 File 1898/14 BRITISH COLUMBIA, ATTORNEY GENERAL Attorney General documents.

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