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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19 -journed to the seventh day of August 1885, the jury being severally bound in their own recognizance in the sum of $100 each to appear on the adjourned Inquisition. Edwin ? Coroner. On the said seventh day of August 1885 the following depositions were taken. Edward Macdonald sworn. I live in Victoria and am a steamboat deck hand. I was a deck hand on the steamer Enterprise at the time of the collision on Tuesday in last week. I was in the forward room on the starboard side in the lower hold, sitting in my bunk reading. The Chinamen were in the after room on the port side in the lower hold. Both rooms are abaft ? the paddle wheels. No passengers have any right in that part of the vessel. The cook's room, in which the Chinamen were, was about ten feet from mine. I heard the Rithet's whistle, and the Enterprise answer it. About two or three minutes afterwards I heard the slow bell of our engine and about a minute afterwards the "stop" bell. A few seconds after this I heard a crush. I then ran out of my room to the ladder. On reaching the foot of the 16 BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 4 File 1 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.