1908/7 Rex vs. Ung Wing – shooting with intent to murder
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.
*Please note that archival source materials are original historical documents that have not been censored, reviewed or otherwise altered by the Royal BC Museum. Some materials may contain content that is racist, sexist or otherwise offensive. In addition, GR-0419 records deal with subjects such as assault, murder and abuse, which may upset some readers. The Royal BC Museum is only the custodian of archival materials; the content does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Royal BC Museum.
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Q Mr. Waddell, you are a Detective in the City of Vancouver? A. Yes sir. Q. You are the Officer who arrested .the accused? A. Yes sir. CROSS EXAMINATION BY MR JONES NO QUESTIONS. YIP SUR CALLED AND SWORN(BURNING THE PAPER)
EVIDENCE TAKEN THROUGH THR INTERPRETER OF MR CUMYOW
DIRECT EXAMINATION BY MR KENNEDY.
Q. Where do you live? A. There the old Chinese Opera House is.
Q. In the City of Vancouver? A. Yes sir. Q. I want you to give me the address for the purpose of----
A. I do not remember the number. Q. Now, it is the Old Opera House? A. I live in the same building as the accused does. BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 124 File 1908/7 Attorney General documents.