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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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conversation with Mr. Colquohn about the supplies?

A. No. I never had any conversation with him over suuplies. I had my own. I was on the runs; stopped the day work; had a list of different runs and prices I should get. I got played out and had to get out.

Q. 300 You don't remember any conversation about food?

A. He said there was plenty of dog salmon. He said the boys could get plenty of fish. I told him the fish was no good; not fit to eat. He said 'Don't tell them fellows about that. . . Don't say anything to them fellows'.

Q. 301 Who were you talking about when you said that?

A. It didn't make any difference. I said them fish were not fit to eat. I knew something about fish. The fish were rotten, falling to pieces, not fit to eat.

Q. 302 Who were you talking about?

A. The men in the camp.

(Interruption by Mr. Colquohn and production of letter.)

No further questions.


Q. 303 What is your name?

A. Sam Nomeland.

Q. 304 What is your occupation?

A. Fishing.

Q. 305 Where do you live?

A. Port Alberni.

Q. 306 You, I believe, at one time went down to Canoe Pass Camp?

A. Yes.

Q. 307 When was that?

A. July.

Q. 308 July last year?

A. I think it was the third of July.

Q. 310 Who sent you down there?

A. Colquohn.

Q. 311 And what was the arrangement with him?

A. I was supposed to split shingle bolts beside the donkey there and when I came up there, there was an old donkey there; wasn't


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

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