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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Canada Province of British Columbia District of Yale To the Constable of the town of Hope
By virtue of my office, these are, in Her Majesty's name, to require and command you, immediately upon sight hereof, to summon and warn six (twenty-four) good and lawful men of the District aforesaid to be and appear before me, James Wardle, (one of the) Deputy Coroner(s) of the Yale District at Hope,in the said District on the twentyfifth day of September, at Ten of the clock in the fore noon, then and there to enquire of, do, and execute all such things as on Her Majesty's behalf shall be lawfully given them in charge, touching the death of Ah Soy a Chinaman. AND be you then and there to certify what you shall have done in the premises; and further to do and execute what in behalf of our said Lady the Queen shall be then and there enjoined you.
GIVEN under my hand and seal, the twenty fifth day of September, A.D. 1884 James Wardle (signature) Deputy Coroner.