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Dominion of Canada Immigration Branch Department of the Interior - Chin Ng Open in full size

Dominion of Canada Immigration Branch Department of the Interior - Chin Ng

Manuscript, 1918, English

Dominion of Canada Immigration Branch Department of the Interior - Chin Ng

Manuscript, 1918, English

Notes

Chin Ng paid $500 head tax when landed in Canada in 1918. with the intent of discourage Chinese immigration, a $50 head tax was introduced in 1885. People of Chinese descent were the only group subject to this tax, which was raised to $100 in 1900 and to $500 in 1903. at the time, $500 would buy two houses in Canada.

Rights and Licenses

Public Domain

Medium

Certificate, green and white paper, black ink, original portrait photo

Extent

17 cm X 23.5 cm

Provenance

Gift from Jim Josenthal in 2017.

Branch

Toronto Reference Library

Location

Chinese Canadian Archive

Call Number / Accession Number

CHI201705B010302-DIG