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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. No, I wired Mr. Dunbar, the Provincial policeman.

Q. 336 Mr. Dunbar, the Provincial Corporal?

A. Yes, and told him we had to get something to eat and take us out of here. If I remember right, it was four days, three or four days after when the grub came out. And then we all started out, went over to Sechart and asked Fred to tell Stone to come in to Canoe Pass; didn't have any money and never did get money; Stone came in to Canoe Pass. The same day we go out the grub come out.

Q. 337 Did you go back again?

A. No, we came down to Alberni.

Q. 338 And you haven't been back since?

A. No.

Q. 339 You remember one occasion on when Mr. Colquohn came down to the Camp and there was some question about getting grub from Sechart?

A. Yes. He was down there on a truck up there, and some trouble to get it on the tractor, and the gas-boat sink for us that night and didn't have any row-boat or anything. Not a hell of a lot of grub; just rice, tea or coffee. He told me, you are the only guy can go over to Sechart and get some grub. All right I said. It is a bad place to walk there. It is about two or three miles anyway, and we rowed for about half way and then we walked. Fishboat came along there and Mr. Colquohn stopped him and went over to Ecoole and Bamfield to get supplies there. I was over to Sechart.

Q.340 How much supplies did he get?

A. Well, for about ten cents I think.

Q. 341 It was a little more than that, wasn't it?

A. It was about four dollars

Q. 342 How many men were there?

A. Eight or nine white men.

Q.343 And how many Chinamen?

A. Sixteen.

Jury asked if any further questions.

Jury. Q. 344 Did you get paid for the time you spent up there?

A. Never saw any money yet.

Q. 345 What arrangements did you make for pay up there?


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

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