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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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Pass; that is from Effingham, and all their belongings. Went to work.

Q. 287 Who paid you?

A. I have never been paid.

Q. 288 Who did you send your bill to? Who did you expect to pay?

A. Mr. Colquohn.

Q. 289 When you moved to this new Camp at Canoe Pass, do you know anything of the supplies failing to arrive for the Chinese?

A. No, about the white men, but if the same supplies from Effingham when we came down with the rest . . . well . . . rice and tea was all I see. If there was anything more it got by me. I cannot swear I saw anything.

Q. 290 And Peter Tom was there?

A. Yes.

Q. 291 And then again did you have anything to do with Mr. Colquohn a little later?

A. I stayed around two weeks; gave me ten dollars; went down Effingham Inlet; stayed around Pass there, made different runs to Bamfield, Toquart and Sechart, several times. Seven or eight times to Sechart, on the log anyway.

Q. 292 From Sechart to the Camp? What for?

A. Carrying supplies and mail.

Q. 293 Probably taking Mr. Colquohn to camp? You may refer to your log.

A. This is not my handwriting. It is my wife's.

Q. 294 Around the 29th September I understood. Possibly I am wrong.

A. Moved all the outfit on the 25th.

Q. 295 That is from Effingham Inlet to Canoe Pass?

A. Yes. On the 24th or 26th took Pike to mailboat. 29th Went to Sechart. Brought Mr. Colquohn and Mr. Matheson.

Q. 296 September 29th last year?

A. Yes.

Q. 297 Brought Mr. Colquohn and Mr. Matheson, where from? where to?

A. Met them at Sechart.

Q. 298 Where did you take them?

A. Into the camp.

Q. 299 Do you remember that occasion at all; remember having any


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

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