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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. Do you live in Nelson ?

A. Yes, Sir.

Q. What does your Husband do ?

A. He works in the City.

Q. Have you any children ?

A. Yes, Sir.

May Redcliffe was called to the door by Mr. Hamilton.

Q. This girl, is she a daughter of yours?

A. Yes, Sir.

Q. What is her full name?

A. Elizabeth May Redcliffe

Q. Where did you get this ?

A. When we christened the baby they gave me that .

Q. Which baby did you take to name when they gave you this ?

A. May.

Q. Where did you get it ?

A. Rawmarsh, England.

The Birth Certificate of Elizabeth May Redcliffe was handed to His Worship by Mr. Hamilton, and marked as Exhibit “A”.

The accused was asked if he had any questions to ask the Witness, and through his Interpreter stated that he had no questions to ask.

HUGH W. KING. Sworn.

Q. You are the Constable for the County of Kootenay ?

A. Yes

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

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