As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, we’ve digitized a small selection of inquests and inquiries from 1872 to 1934, found in series GR-0431. These were chosen to reflect the experiences of early Chinese immigrants to B.C. – their living and working conditions, and their unfortunate accidental or unusual deaths. They range from a woman working in a brothel in Barkerville who died of natural causes to three sawmill workers who died from malnutrition. Learn more.
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IN WITNESS whereof, as well the aforesaid Coroner as the Jurors aforesaid, have to this Inquisition [?], their set limits and seals, on the day and year and at the place first above-mentioned.
Moses Webb Foreman Philip Parsons Joseph Hoskin William Hodges William Hoyes x his mark [Resoud Llairy ?]
Nama R. Spalding Coroner.