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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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A. He was in Vancouver then; don't know.


Q. 211 Ask him where he is working?

A. No. 1 camp

Q. 212 No. 1 what?

A. Sechart, Camp No. 1

Q. 213 What is the first time he know somebody got sick there?

A. This fellow he get sick for a week, then get well, then went to work again.

Q. 214 Then what?

A. He went to work, got sick again; never ate anything; died on the 17th at half past ten.

Q. 215 How long does he think he was sick the first time?

A. He says first time he was sick about three days, then to work.

Q. 216 How many days he work?

A. Four or five days work.

Q. 217 Then he got sick again?

A. Yes.

Q. 218 How many days sick before he die?

A. Four or five days.

Q. 219 Did they have lots to eat down there?

A. He said they had a few sacks of salt and a few sacks of rice. That is all he had.

Q. 220 What does he do, cook down there?

A. No, getting shingle bolts.

Q. 221 Is there one man to cook for the bunch?

A. He is the cook in the hospital now.

Q. 222 They had some sacks of salt and some rice?

A. That is all they had.

Q. 223 Anything else?

A. Nothing else.

Q. 224 Nothing else for how long?

A. He sent to Vancouver first. Got it on the 17th.

Q. 225 How long did he say they had rice and salt?

A. Over two weeks.

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

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