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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2 Lee Sam Hock and Wing Fooh came to their death by drowning on board the steamer Enterprise in collision with the ssteamer R.P. Rither on the twenty eighth day of July 1885 off 'Cadboro' Point and that the collision occurred from want of care and skill in the navigation of the steamer Rither under difficult circumstances the master having left the steamer in charge of an ordinary quartermaster.
BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 4 File 1 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.