Dictation Test – the test it was a crime to fail

Much has been written on the Dictation Test and much more could be written. An aspect not always understood is that it was a test it was a crime to fail. In the example below Loon Ah Choon was sentenced to six months hard labour in 1912 of which he endured a month before he was given special remittance and placed on a ship leaving Australia.

Loon Ah Choon pic

NSW SR: NRS2138, Item 3/6080, Reel 5116, Photo no.12458