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Law against Chinese employed in municipal work passed

City of Victoria passed by-law stating that Chinese residents may not be employed in municipal work (CCL, 16; CTC, 46)

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Sat, 1875-08-14

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14 August 1875

Methodist Church offers English lessons at Sunday school

The Methodist Church started to offer English lessons and religious classes at a Sunday school near Chinatown for Chinese adults and children (CCL, 86).

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Wed, 1874-03-18

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18 March 1874

Anti-Chinese Society established in Victoria

The Anti-Chinese Society was established in Victoria. The society wanted to revise Sino-British Treaty of 1860 and requested that working day be limited to 8 hours.

(CCL, 16; CTC, 45)

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Thu, 1873-05-01

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May 1873

Chinese and Indigenous residents lose franchise

BC Legislative Assembly removed provincial franchise from Chinese and Indigenous residents of British Columbia (CCL, 16). Since their names were not on the voters’ list, Chinese and Indigenous residents could not enter professions such as law, medicine, pharmacy, and teaching.

(GM, 14)

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Mon, 1872-07-01

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1872

Victoria Chinatown has 211 inhabitants

Victoria’s Chinatown had 211 Chinese inhabitants (181 male and 30 female) (CCL, 20). In BC, there were 1,548 Chinese residents, including only 53 women.

(CTC, 14)

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Sat, 1871-07-01

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1871

Petition to end tariffs on Chinese imports

Three major Chinese companies in Victoria (Kwong Lee, Yan Wo Sang, and Tai Soong) petitioned new governor Arthur E. Kennedy to remove certain tariffs on Chinese imports.

(CTC, 34-35)

Timeline Date

Tue, 1864-03-01

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March 1864

Hongmen Society branch opens in Barkerville

The first Canadian branch of the Hongmen Society, the Hong Shun Tang, was established in Barkerville.

(CTC, 30)

Timeline Date

Wed, 1863-07-01

Kwong Lee was the second largest company in Victoria

Kwong Lee was the second largest company in Victoria, after the Hudson’s Bay Company.

(CTC, 16)

Timeline Date

Tue, 1862-07-01

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1862

First Chinese baby born in Canada

First Chinese baby was born in Canada at Port Douglas, head of Harrison Lake. This baby was Won Alexander Cumyow.

(CTC, 14)

Timeline Date

Mon, 1861-03-25

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March 1861

Poll tax on Chinese proposed

House of Assembly of the Colony of Vancouver Island proposed that each Chinese resident of the colony should pay a poll tax of $10. But the tax was dropped because of opposition from leading citizens in Victoria.

(CTC, 42, CTC, 42)

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Wed, 1860-08-01

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1860