1901/90 Rex vs. Wong Quen and Wong Yun – running a gambling house, Nanaimo
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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IN THE COURT OP OYER AND TERMINER AND GENERAL GlAOL DELIVERY. CANADA. ) Province of British Columbia ) The Jurors for our Lord the County of Nanaimo ) City of Nanaimo ) King present that Wong Quen and Wong Yun in the District of Comox in the County of Nanaimo in the Province of British Columbia on the nineteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and one unlawfully conducted a scheme for the purpose of determining the holders of what tickets were to become the winners of property so proposed to be disposed of: 2: And the jurors aforesaid do further present that the said Wong Quen and Wong Yun afterwards to wit on the day and year and at the place last aforesaid unlawfully did sell tickets for disposing of property by a mode of chance: I hereby direct that the counsel acting for the Crown at the Nanaimo Fall (1901) assizes, prefer this Bill of Indictment to the Grand Jury Attorney-General. BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 89 File 1901/90 Attorney General documents.