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1914/40 Rex vs. Chong Ching – carnal knowledge

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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Q. Where do you live?

A. I live in Vancouver Street.

Q. Do you know the man there ?

A. Yes, Sir.

Q. When did you first know him ? How long ago ?

A. About half a year ago.

Q. Ever worked on his place ?

A. Yes, Sir.

Q. What month was it ?

A. July, last year.

Q. Who did you go there to work with ?

A. May Redcliffe

Q. Is that the little girl who was just in here ?

A. Yes.

Q. Did you see the accused that day ?

A. Yes, Sir.

Q. Where is his place ?

A. Up by the Silver King Road.

Q. Where did you see him ?

A. On the ranch.

Q. You tell me you worked on his ranch ?, is that true ? Now understand, I am asking you about the day you were working on his ranch.

A. Yes.

Q. Did you see him when you were working o his ranch ?

A. No, he came after a while.

Q. Did you stop working ?

A. No.

Q. What time of the day di you get there ?

A. We started at about 1-o’clock.

Q. And what did you do ?

A. Cutting grass in the afternoon.

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 184 File 1914/40 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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