Wah Lim Prisoner Number 27604

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Wah Lim Prisoner Number 27604 is associated with Bendigo, Victoria located at these coordinates -36.7587112, 144.2837459

Wah Lim, a 17-year-old part-Chinese labourer, appeared before the Bendigo Court of Petty Sessions in 1896. He pleaded not guilty to carnally knowing and abusing a girl less than 10 years of age. The jury returned a verdict of guilty with a recommendation for mercy; the death penalty usually applied to rape convictions.

The Bendigo community was instrumental in ensuring Wah Lim was not executed. Prominent non-Chinese residents, including local police, testified that the defendant was hard working and well conducted. They also petitioned the Governor requesting he take into consideration the ‘low moral order of the case’.

Wah Lim’s death sentence was commuted to seven years hard labour and later converted to an order for his removal to Pakenham children’s reformatory.

Record Citation: VPRS 515/P0, Central Register of Male Prisoner, unit 50, folio 330
Record URL: http://www.access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewSeries&entityId=515
Agency: VA 1464 Penal and Gaols Branch, Chief Secretary's Department
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Date: October 1896
Record Type: Prison Register
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