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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Cumberland B.C. Jan 28/9 re inquest on the death of Mah Ling we are the jury emp? to enquire into the death of deceased which occurred in No the Cumberland General Hospital on Jan 28th/9. Comox District Province of British Columbia Which he met his death by a slide of rocks while at his work at the face at no 5 mine Injuries of the back. Which the Jury decides purely accidental Signed Walter Hudson ? Matthew Brown. Alfred E Lyons Earl K. Fletcher ? ? Thor Ripley BC Archives GR-0431 British Columbia. Attorney General. Box 12 File 1 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia