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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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rigged up or anything; just the frame of it.

Q. 312 And did you quit?

A. No.

Q. 313 How long did you stay there?

A. I stayed there three and a half months.

Q. 314 Who else were in the camp there at that time? Was there just the one camp or two camps?

A. There was just the one camp; no, it was two camps

Q. 315 Did you eat together or separately?

A. Separately. Only three in one camp and the rest in another camp.

Q. 316 Who were the three?

A. I cannot remember the fellows' names.

Q. 317 Were there any Chinese there?

A. Not then, that I can be sure of.

Q. 318 When did they come?

A. I think it was about a month after I came up.

Q. 319 I think we have it from another witness, the last witness?

A. They wasn't up to Canoe Pass. They were up at Effingham.

Q.320 When did you leave Canoe Pass Camp?

A. Cannot remember the date now.

Q. 321 Is there anything that would remind you of it, any way you can figure it out?

A. It was about two weeks before Christmas.

Q. 322 Two weeks before Christmas?

A. Two or three weeks before Christmas.

Q. 323 Who did you leave?

A. Well, we had nothing to eat.

Q. 324 And who were left behind in the Camp?

A. The Chinamen.

Q. 325 How many?

A. I think there was six. No, I think there was thirteen Chinamen when I left.

Q.326 What was the arrangements about feeding you, about your food and supplies?

A. What do you mean?

Q.327 Who did you depend on to keep you supplied with food?


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

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