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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 (I 2) See ss. 42, 50

Conviction for a penalty, and in default of payment, Imprisonment.

CANADA PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. District or County of New Westminster

BE IT remembered, That on the Seventeenth day of March, in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight, at Yale, in the said District or County, space is convicted before the undersigned, one of Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace Indian agent for the said District or County, for that he the said Hop Lee did unlawfully trespass by mining and residing on the fore-shore of the Spuzzum Indian Reserve on March 16th 1898

and I adjudge the said Hop Lee for his offence to forfeit and pay the sum of Five dollars to be paid and applied according to law, and also pay the said Court the sum of ------, for his costs in this behalf; and if the said several sums be not paid forthwith, or on or before the Seventeenth of March AD 1898 next, I adjudge the said in the Common Gaol of the said District or County, at Yale in the said District or County of New Westminster (there to be kept at hard labour if such be the sentence) for the space of Twenty days unless the said sums and the costs and charges of conveying the said Hop Lee to the said Common Gaol shall be sooner paid.

Given under my Hand and Seal, the day and year first above mentioned, at space in the District or County aforesaid.

A. Irwin Indian agent ?

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

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