Rex vs. Edward Houston


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Rex vs. Edward Houston


Title Proper F0 GR0419 BOX 517 FILE 23B
Date(s) 1942
General material designation
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Scope and content
Appeal book for Rex vs. Edward Houston, who was convicted of stealing a fishing net from Jacob Sognefest on 23 September 1942. Houston claimed that he had been framed by rival fishermen who did not want to share the space vacated by Japanese Canadian fishermen in Steveston. The entire appeal book has been photographed for context. Japanese Canadians are mentioned on pages 25, 93, 98, 103, 127, and 166 of the appeal book.
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Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
This record was digitized in full.



Rex vs. Edward Houston
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