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1912/24 Rex vs. Ah Tom – keeping a disorderly house

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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Province of British Columbia,

County of Yale.

The information and complaint of George Rothnie of the City of Kamloops, Chief of Police, taken this eighth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twelve before the undersigned one of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace in and for the said County of Yale, who saith that at the City of Kamloops in the County of Yale on the 8th day of February A. D. 1912 Ah Tom (Chinaman) did unlawfully keep an opium joint at 262 Main Street in the City of Kamloops aforesaid.

Contrary to the form of the Statute in such case made and provided.

[sgd] Geo. Rothnie

SWORN before me the day and year first above mentioned, at the City of Kamloops.

(Sgd) J. T. Robinson J.P.

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 155 File 1912/24 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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