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Carving

  • CA KMS KMS_2000.121.001a-h
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Five minute carved bone animals; two red bean seeds, one hollowed out with bone stopper for storage of animals.

Collage

  • CA KMS KMS_E-995-040-020
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Framed painting which utilizes both watercolour and the creation of a collage using stamps. The frame of the painting is made of wood which has been painted gold and is rectangular. The edges of this frame have a floral design and the outside edge is raised compared to the inside edge of the frame. The painting is attached to a piece of cream cardboard. The collage piece is in the center and is a cutout of girl seated on rock, with bird in hand, made from cut-up Chinese postage stamps. The background scenery of some hills, grass, water, and a small house are painted in watercolours. The back of the picture is covered in a brown paper. Written in black marker on this paper it reads "Made in China out of postage stamps. A souvenir from the World's Fair San Francisco 1939, Irene Noble." There are two numbers on the object, the Kelowna Museums number and one from the previous museum which the object came from. There is also a small ring attached at the top to which a little tag is attached that says "Irene Noble Collection #9".

Ball, Puzzle

  • CA KMS KMS_E-988-018-015a-b
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Ivory carving puzzle ball with a four part ivory stand. E-988-018-015a Ivory puzzle ball with at least eight layers of carving. The outermost layer is carved with a raised floral motif; the inner layers are carved with lattice work like geometric designs. E-988-018-015b Four part, ivory puzzle ball stand. The stand consists of a circular base, two vertical pillars and a small bowl. The base is carved in relief; the top is carved with a geometrical design, the sides and bottom edge are carved into jagged points. At the centre of the base is a rotating platform. The pillar screws into the platform. The first pillar is carved in the round in the image of Monk holding a lotus in his right hand. This section screws into the platform. The second pillar is carved into a spindle with a rotating circular piece (prayer wheel), which is carved with geometrical designs. The bottom end of the spindle screws into the top of the Monk's head. The top part of the spindle screws into the bowl. The last part of the stand consists of a small dish or bowl for the puzzle ball to rest in.

Stamp, Marking

  • CA TN TN_2014.009.010
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  • 1919 - ?

A small rubber stamp with a wooden handle.

Stamp, Marking

  • CA TN TN_2014.009.012
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  • 1919 - ?

A small rubber stamp with a wooden handle.

Stamp, Marking

  • CA TN TN_2014.009.013
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  • 1919 - ?

A rubber stamp with a wooden handle and a makers label for "Sun Tai Lok Co. 803 Grant Ave. San Francisco, Cal."

Stamp, Marking

  • CA TN TN_2014.009.014
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  • 1919 - ?

A rubber stamp with a wooden handle.

Stamp, Marking

  • CA TN TN_2014.009.017
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  • 1919 - ?

A rubber stamp that reads "Chee Kong Tong P.O. Box 137 Nelson, B.C. - Canada." The handle is made of wood and has a plastic slot holding a stamped piece of paper of the stamp.

Sign

  • CA TN TN_2014.009.007
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Two long wooden panels painted red with words carved and painted in gold. It reads "Coming into the Temple, we hope all our brothers can jointly honour the pledge and not turn their backs to their promise to be determined, loyal and generous. You come to this land with business exchanges and all the craftsmanship you have created. May we all join in benefiting this country and its people. Chu Kwong Yuk respectfully composed these words and generously donated these couplet to this temple."

Newspaper Article - 2 September 1915 - Chinese gored by bull

  • CA SMA SMA_SR-2015-054
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“Chinaman Gored By Bull – On Monday, August 30, a Chinaman in the employ of the Canadian Explosives, Limited, while at work on James Island was attacked by a Jersey bull belonging to the farm on the Island. The animal knocked the man down and was trampling on him when his cries attracted a fellow worker who drove the animal away.
The Chinaman, besides being badly shaken up, received a couple of broken ribs and was bruised and cut about the head. He was immediately taken aboard a launch and brought to Sidney and sent on to Victoria for medical aid, as there is no doctor here at present, as Dr. Cumming having gone away about two weeks ago.”

Newspaper Article - 28 September 1922 - Chinese in court

  • CA SMA SMA_SR-2015-060
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Cases in Local Police Court
Wong, a Chinaman, pleaded guilty last Monday, in the local provincial police court to a charge of having opium in his possession and was fined $200, with the option of six months in jail. If Wong, who claims to be a British subject, cannot produce his naturalization papers, he will be deported.
Lew Sam, who was jointly charged with Wong, was acquitted, Wong having taken all the blame himself.
Chung Lee Lung, who was accused of “having liquor unlawfully on his business premises” was also acquitted. The prosecution proved that the Chinaman had the liquor at his place of business, but the court held that there was no definition in the Liquor Act of “business premises.” Mr. Ernest Miller represented the accused. Mr. Otway Wilkie, senior constable, Provincial Police, appeared for the Crown. Messrs. Alex McDonald and J. J. White, presided.

Newspaper Article - 13 May 1915 - riot at shingle mill

  • CA SMA SMA_SR-2015-062
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“Riot And Strike At The Sidney Shingle Mills – Foreman J. Brown Struck by One of the Chinese Employees in a Row Yesterday. – Yesterday morning Foreman J. H. Brown, of the Sidney Shingle Mill, noticed one of the sawyers, who had been doing considerable grumbling for the past week, using his influence among his fellow workers; on being told by Mr. Brown to go and get his machine ready for the day’s run, he struck Mr. Brown and a general riot issued, as the blow seemed to be a sign for all the Chinamen to get busy. Fortunately Mr. Burge, one of the owners, who has considerable control over the men, with the help of the other white employees, stopped the fight before any serious injury was inflicted to Mr. Brown. One of the Chinese crew, on the starting of the row, ran across the V. & S. track to their cook shack, returning with a couple of cleavers presumably to carve up the foreman, but as the fight had been stopped so quickly they were not used. Mr. Brown immediately gave word to the police and Constable McDonald went down. Unfortunately the ring-leader of the trouble had decamped and was not apprehended, but the man who was so anxious to supply those weapons so dear to a Chinaman’s idea of warfare, soon found himself lodged in the Sidney jail and the cleavers gathered up as evidence, and marked as exhibits one and two.
The case came up for trial during the afternoon before Justices of the Peace J. J. White and J. G. Billings and being found guilty was sentenced to a fine of $10 or in default 30 days. On the fine being paid Mr. N Fong, as the Chinaman calls himself, was set at liberty.
In an interview with Mr. Burge, he stated that although the crew were being better paid now than formerly, that the trouble was started on being refused a further raise in wages, and that the firm had asked the crew to put in a couple of hours overtime so that the mill might catch up with their orders. Mr. Burge left on this morning’s train for Vancouver to get a fresh crew, as he wishes to be entirely done with the present one, and cannot afford to have the mill stop running at the present time. He also stated that he hopes to get hold of a white crew, and stated that he thought they were offering, under the present financial circumstances, wages enough to induce a white crew to be willing to take up this class of work. They are offering the same rate of wages as is being paid by all other shingle mills being operated by white labor, said Mr. Burge. This should be looked into by anyone in Sidney who is out of employment.”

Newspaper Article - 10 April 1924 - racist poem

  • CA SMA SMA_SR-2015-066
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"Just a Chink"
Sweet strains of music caught my ear
On Sunday afternoon.
I knew they came not from the church,
The hour it was too soon.
'Twas just a simple melody--
Yet, melody so rare,
That floated o'er the nearby bush
And mingled with the air.

The player was unseen to me--
I could not understand,
And wondered if 'twas radio flashed
From some far distant strand.
But still those strains crept nearer--sweet
Melodius alloy,
Then quietly round the corner slipped
A little Chinese boy.

He didn't see me, 'cause I hid--
Just ducked down out of sight,
His face it wore a sunny smile,
His almond eyes shone bright.
I'm sure that he was thinking of
His far off native land,
As he played that old mouth organ--
Say! I tell you it was grand!

I don't know what his name is--and
I don't care what you think,
But there's music in the heart and soul
Of that bright little Chink.
It did me good to listen, aye,
And filled my heart with joy,
To know God put such music in
That little Chinese boy.

Come back again and play to me!
Come back! I understand!
I'll teach you melodies I know,
Give you the helping hand.
Don't heed what other folks may say,
Or other folks might think,
You're "human"--that's what counts with me,
Althou' you're just a Chink.

I said I didn't know his name--
Well, honest, that's quite true.
It might be Sing, or Wong or Wing,
Or Ling, or Long or Loo.
It doesn't matter, anyways, but
If "that kid's" name comes through,
I'll tell you all about it in
"The Sidney Review."
Sidney, V.I., B.C., Canada. Bob Sloan.

Photograph - Nelson Chinese Youth Association Basketball Team

  • CA TN TN_2003.066.006
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  • 1954 - 1955

A black and white copy negative of the Nelson Chinese Youth Association basketball team. There are eleven young men in uniforms, and a young woman on the right hand side and a young man on the left, presumably the coaches.

Newspaper Article - 5 February 1936 - reference to Chinatown

  • CA SMA SMA_SR-2015-071
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"Editorial -- Sidney's Public Building
Monday morning, February 3rd, 1936, saw the commencement of operations to construct Sidney's $18,000 public building. Work on the excavation for the basement got under way and is proceeding apace. Contractors Knott & Jones are using as much local labor as possible in order to relieve local unemployment. The site of the building is at the southwest corner of Beacon Avenue and Fourth Street -- purchased 22 years ago.
The blue prints of the structure indicate a handsome two-storey building of brick and stone to take care of the Post Office and Customs. The building will front on Beacon Avenue, centred on property 98 feet in length, the building is 44 feet wide. In depth the property is 100 feet and the main part of the building will be 36.6 feet. There will be a full basement with a hot water heating system. Receiving and dispatching of mails will be done from an entrance on the southwest corner of the building, a driveway being provided for the mail buses from Beacon Avenue to Fourth Street. The main floor will be devoted to Post Office services and offices for the Customs are indicated on the second floor. Living quarters are also provided for on the second floor.
We have a new postmaster (Mr. Kennedy) and now we are about to have a new post office. Chinatown, a sad looking mess at its best, is now being demolished and as a contrast alongside we are to have a substantial building that will enhance the appearance of Beacon Avenue. Even if there is a depression things are taking on a different appearance in Sidney.
The construction of the public building is likely to encourage others contemplating building to erect premises that will be a credit to the town.

Newspaper Article - 25 September 1914 - government buys property from Chinese

  • CA SMA SMA_SR-2015-075
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Dominion Government Buys Post Office Site
The Dominion Government have at last completed arrangements for the purchase of the post office site in Sidney. The property purchased is on the corner of Fourth street and Beacon avenue, at present occupied by the Chinese store of Quong Lee Yuen. The present proprietor has received notice to vacate the premises within thirty days, when it is expected the old building will be moved off and preparations made for the immediate commencement of the handsome new post office building. If the government can see its way clear to proceed at once with the building operations it would be a great boom to the town during the coming winter, as it would furnish employment for quite a number of the unemployed.

Newspaper Article - 24 February 1916 - Chinese found dead

  • CA SMA SMA_SR-2015-077
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Body of Chinese Boy Found In Roberts Bay – While Fishing Boys Make Gruesome Find and Report to Police.
On Sunday afternoon last Constable McDonald received a telephone message from a residence on Robert’s Point informing him that the body of a Chinese boy had been discovered in the waters of the bay by some boys while out fishing. He immediately proceeded to the scene and on arrival found that the boys had succeeded in bringing the body ashore by means of a boat hook and on an examination being made it was found to be the body of a Chinese boy known in Sidney as Hugo Hing, who up to a short time ago resided in Sidney for a number of years and received his English education at the public schools here.
The body had evidently been in the water for several days as it was partly decomposed. Just how the young man, who was about eighteen years of age, came to his death is for the present at least, a mystery, but it is supposed that it must have been him who took the liberty of borrowing a boat belonging to a resident from Roberts Bay wharf some ten or twelve days ago. The boat was discovered a couple of days after floating in the bay bottom side up and brought back to its place at the landing. Nobody saw him take the boat, but the disappearance of the boat from the wharf and that of the boy from the streets of Sidney at about the same time led to this conclusion.
Constable McDonald had the remains shipped to Victoria to the home of his mother on Monday afternoon, where a coroner’s inquest was held, the verdict being returned of accidental death by drowning. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon to the Chinese cemetery with the coustomary Oriental display used on such occasions.
The young man has not been considered of sound mind for some time past, although quite harmless, and during his visits to Sidney he attracted considerable attention by playing a violin on the streets at all hours of the day. It is thought by some that the derangement of his mind was caused by his overstudying, as he was an apt scholar and learned very rapidly.

Tablecloth

  • CA TN TN_1960.051.010
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  • ? - 1960

A white square linen tablecloth with white embroidered dragons along the border.

Newspaper Article - 14 September 1938 - death of Chinese

  • CA SMA SMA_SR-2015-081
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According to Provincial Police reports Soo You, Chinese, who was employed at the Sidney Duck Farm operated by Mr. L. G. Thomas, East Road, died suddenly on Tuesday, Sept. 6th, at the age of 62 years, death being due to natural causes. He is reported having come from a remote part of China from where only very few have emigrated to B.C.

Chinese Catalog

  • CA SMA SMA_A976.247b
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Chinese Catalog, c1925.

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