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Wong Kong Ying et al

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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BC Archives GR-0431

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Company didn't pay him for three months, so he just send some.

Q. 133 What is the first time he no send?

A. October.

Q. 134 Do you remember what time October and he no come?

A. I forget it. I know that just the scow was taking out shingle bolts and was to bring them in, was the time he send half; come on scow.

Q. 135 Before that grub come you have enough?

A. Yes, before that have enough. The scow come October; before that everytime he send what I want.

Q. 136 The scow came October?

A. Yes, October or November, I have forgot.

Q. 137 We will suppose October when that scow came. Have you lots of food before that?

A. Yes.

Q. 138 After that, have the boys enough food all the time?

A. Yes, but this time not enough this time, in October; in December.

Q. 139 Is somebody hungry?

A. No, after December 22nd somebody not enough meat to eat; rice enough

Q. 140 What did you have in December?

A. Mr. Colquohn came into camp; he went out to Vancouver on December 22nd and King Faun I gave a list to send the grub; the grub came in January 17th

Q. 141 Between December 22nd and January 17th how much you have to eat?

A. The first two weeks alright. He gone out three or four days meat enough; grocery about enough for ten days, or twelve days; I couldn't say.

Q. 142 After December 22nd you had meat for four days, to December 26th?

A. Yes, I guess.

Q. 143 And groceries for ten days, that is to the 1st January?

A. Yes.

Q. 144 What did you have?

BC Archives GR-0431/Box 13 File 6/BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL./Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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