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Empress of Japan ocean liner arrives with smallpox victim

Empress of Japan arrived in Victoria. One of its 530 Chinese passengers had smallpox. All Chinese passengers were quarantined at Albert Head, and white passengers allowed to go to their destinations.

(CTC, 66)

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Fri, 1892-04-01

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April 1892

Leper colony established on D’Arcy Island

A leper colony on D’Arcy Island was established to quarantine five Chinese men found in Chinatown with leprosy. There was no medical care for the sufferers until 1906 when the federal government took control of the station, and by 1907 all the residents were repatriated to China. D’Arcy Island remained a temporary detention centre for those with leprosy until the station was closed in 1924.

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Wed, 1891-07-01

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1891

Chinese Methodist Church opens

Chinese Methodist Church, initiated by Reverend John Endicott Gardiner opened at 526 Fisgard Street. Ministers at this church included Reverend Chan Sing Kai in the 1890s and 1900s, and his brother, Reverend Chan Yiu Tan from 1912 (CCL, 87, 105; CTC, 123).

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Fri, 1891-03-13

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13 March 1891

Chinese Anglican Church established

Bishop Hill established the Chinese Anglican Church (Good Hope Mission) at 719 Caledonia Street (CCL, 105)

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Wed, 1891-07-01

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1891

CCBA purchases land for cemetary

The CCBA purchased an 8.75 acre lot on Christmas Hill for a Chinese cemetery. Because of hostility from neighbouring settlers, this site was not used as a cemetery. (CCL, 82)

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Wed, 1891-07-01

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1891

CCBA sends remains to China for burial

The CCBA arranged for the remains of over three hundred men who had died in the Fraser and Thompson canyons to be collected and returned to China for burial.

(CTC, 24)

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Wed, 1891-07-01

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1891

Miss Morgan’s Chinese Girls’ Home established

Miss Morgan’s Chinese Girls’ Home was established in Victoria to help women leave the sex trade. The home was supported by the Women’s Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church. The home assisted 40 Chinese and 8 Japanese girls and women between 1888 and 1902, on the condition that they become baptised and accept the Methodist faith. (GM, 83)

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Sun, 1888-07-01

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1888

Eleven shantang operating in Victoria

Eleven shantang (charitable associations) operated in Victoria.

(CCL, 24)

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Fri, 1887-07-01

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1887

Palace of Saints installed in CCBA building

The CCBA installed a temple, the Palace of Sages or Palace of Saints (Lie Sheng Gong) in the top floor of its association building.

(CCL, 40)

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Sun, 1885-12-27

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27 December 1885

'Cubic air' bylaw passed in Victoria

The City of Victoria passed a “cubic air” bylaw stating that each occupant of a room should have 384 cubic feet of space. Intended to reduce overcrowding, this bylaw could make housing more expensive for Chinese residents and allowed the police to raid the living quarters of Chinese residents and impose fines. (CCL, 69)

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Wed, 1885-07-01

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1885