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Chinese Tax Act ruled unconstitutional

The Supreme Court found the Chinese Tax Act of 1878 unconstitutional. (CCL, 17) On 8 October 1879, Governor General disallowed the law.

(CTC, 48).

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Sat, 1879-09-27

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27 September 1879

Chinese workers stage strike

In response to tax collection and the seizure of their goods, Chinese workers staged a strike in Victoria. The municipal government returned the goods and Chinese residents returned to work.

(CCL, 17; CTC, 47)

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Tue, 1878-09-17

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17 September 1878

Chinese Tax Act passed

B.C. Provincial government passed an act requiring Chinese residents over 12 years of age to pay a $10 license every three months (Chinese Tax Act). Chinese merchants in Victoria appealed to the Chinese Legation in London to request that the British government disallow this act (CCL, 16) Ten Chinese merchants also sent a petition to the Governor General challenging the Act.

(CTC, 47)

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Mon, 1878-09-02

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2 September 1878

Workingmen’s Protective Association formed

The Workingmen’s Protective Association was formed in Victoria. Its goals were to reduce competition for white men from Chinese workers, and to suppress the immigration from China. Members agreed not to patronize Chinese businesses (CCL, 16; CTC, 48) This association, under the leadership of Noah Shakespeare, became the Anti-Chinese Association in 1879.

(CTC, 48)

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Sun, 1878-09-01

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1 September 1878

Chinese excluded from public works projects

Provincial government excluded Chinese from public works projects.

(CCL, 16; CTC, 46)

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Wed, 1878-07-31

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31 July 1878

Chee Kung Tong established in Victoria

Chee Kung Tong (“Justice to All” society) was established in Victoria as a branch of the Hongmen Society, which would be named the Chinese Freemasons later on.

(CCL, 26, 97)

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Sat, 1876-07-01

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1876

Tam Kung Temple opens

Tam Kung Temple was built by Hakka people at 1713 Government Street.

(CCL, 104)

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Wed, 1876-01-12

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12 January 1876

Chinese Mission School opens

Methodist Church opened a Chinese Mission School on Government Street.

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Sat, 1876-07-01

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1876

Chinese and Indigenous residents lose municipal franchise

City of Victoria removed municipal franchise from Chinese and Indigenous residents (CCL, 16)

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Sat, 1876-07-01

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1876

Chinese vote in municipal elections

Ninety-two Chinese voted in the Victoria municipal elections.

(CTC, 45)

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Sat, 1874-08-01

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August 1874