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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. Yes.

Q.273 Did you have occasion to go there last August?

A. Yes

Q. 274 What did you go for?

A. I took quite a few Chinamen and a white man to work.

Q. 275 How many?

A. Nine. I am almost sure there was nine of them.

Q. 276 You don't remember them? Are any of them here?

A. This man at the back and this man (pointing to another) came later. This man behind was there.

Q. 277 (Mr. Leighton, addressing man referred to) What is your name?

A. Peter Tom.

Q. 278 And the other man?

A. King Faun.

Q. 279 About what date did you go down there? Remember the date?

A. I am almost positive it was in August.

Q. 280 Who asked you to go? How did you come to go?

A. I was authorized by Mr. Matheson, the man in charge at the time, and Mr. Colquohn; I am pretty sure he was with us. Yes, Mr. Colquohn was with us.

Q. 281 Do yo know Mr. Colquohn by sight?

A. Yes, I do.

Q. 282 And where did you go to? Where did you take these men?

A. Pretty well up the Inlet. There is a creek

Q. 283 You know anything about what supplies were taken in to that Camp?

A. Yes, I took all their supplies; rice and some vegetables; six crates of vegetables; plenty of rice; round about forty of those sacks of rice.

Q. 284 And then did you later on move that Camp?

A. I fetched them later down the Canoe Pass, down to Camp No. 1.

Q. 285 Approximately the same men?

A. Yes.

Q. 286 Who asked you to do that?

A. I was sent from the Pass Camp. Mr. Pyke boss over the Chinamen at Effingham was in charge to bring them back. We was at the Pass; went up with him; moved the Chinamen all down to Canoe


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

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