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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reluctant and would not approach the body of the deceased on Saturday evening when requested to assist in putting the body in a box
The other two chinamen were perfectly willing to assist but Ah Seong would not assist and remained outside at the gate until the other chinamen put the body of Ah Soy in the box or coffin and nailed it up - We then returned to Hope
Taken upon oath and acknowledged this twenty fifth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eight four before me
James Wardle Deputy Coroner