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Vancouver Island Chinese population over 1,500

Vancouver Island had a Chinese population of 1,577, and a white population of 2,884. Less than one percent of the Chinese population were women.

(GM, 50)

Timeline Date

Sat, 1860-03-31

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Spring 1860

First Chinese woman arrives in Victoria

Mrs. Lee became the first Chinese woman to arrive in Victoria. Her husband was Lee Chong, a merchant from San Francisco who set up the Kwong Lee Company in Victoria. His wife and child arrived from China in the spring of 1860.

(GM, 49)

Timeline Date

Sun, 1860-07-01

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1860

Contractor brings Chinese labourers to Victoria

Labour contractor Loo Chock Fan arranged for 265 Chinese labourers to come from China to Victoria.

(CCL, 54)

Timeline Date

Sun, 1860-04-01

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April 1860

Sino-British Treaty allows Chinese immigration

Sino-British Treaty allowed Chinese immigration to Canada.

(CCL, 16)

Timeline Date

Sun, 1860-07-01

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1860

First Chinese doctor arrives in Victoria

Ay Kay was the first Chinese doctor to arrive in Victoria.

(GM, 50)

Timeline Date

Wed, 1859-06-01

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June 1859

First Chinese migrants arrive directly from Hong Kong

First Chinese migrants arrived directly from Hong Kong to Victoria.

(CTC, 13)

Timeline Date

Fri, 1859-03-25

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Spring 1859

Victoria branch of Kwong Lee opens

Victoria branch of Kwong Lee opened on Cormorant Street, managed by Lee Chong.

(CTC, 14)

Timeline Date

Thu, 1858-07-01

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1858

Chinese migrants start to arrive in British Columbia

Chinese migrants started to arrive in British Columbia via ships from San Francisco to take part in the gold rush.

(FC, 2)

Timeline Date

Tue, 1858-06-01

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June 1858

Immigrants from South China join the California gold rush

Up to 25,000 immigrants from South China arrived in California to take part in the gold rush. (GM, 32)

Timeline Date

Sat, 1848-07-01 - Thu, 1852-07-01

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1848-1852

Captain Meares brings 50 Chinese artisans to Nootka Sound

English Captain John Meares brought 50 Chinese artisans to Nootka Sound in Nuuchahnulth territory to build a trading fort for sea otter pelts.

(GM, 33)

Timeline Date

Tue, 1788-07-01

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1788