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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Information of Witnesses.
CANADA: PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA County of TO WIT:
INFORMATIONS of witnesses severally taken and acknowledged on behalf of our Sovereign Lord the King, touching the death of Mah Ling at Cumberland, BC in the district of Comox, B.C. in the County of Nanaimo on the 28th day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and 1919 before me, Joseph Shaw, one of His Majesty's Coroners for the said County, on an Inquisition then and there taken on view of the body of the said Mah Ling, then and there lying dead, as follows, to wit:
Albert C. Lymn Engineer of the district of Comox, B.C., in the said County of Nanaimo, being sworn, saith,
The plan produced is made from my own measurements which shows the exact place in no 5 mine where Mah Ling met his death on the 28th Jany 1919 the plan is marked Exhibit A
(signed) Albert C. Lymn (signed) Joseph Shaw coroner
Foon Sien is sworn in as Interpreter (signed) Joseph Shaw (signed) Foon Sien coroner
2,000/1/1913 Mah Quong ( ) ( ) saith I am a loader Iwork for the Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir) Co Ld at No 5 Mine Cumberland, B.C. I recaoled yesterday 27 Jany 1919 when I was