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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. Supposed to pay every two weeks - every scow. He said everything fixed up there; scow load every two weeks; and a scow was unloading then; buy a scow-load every two weeks.

Dr.Morgan Q.346 There was a scow loaded every two weeks?

A. That is what he said.

Q. 347 You never got anything for it?

A. No.

Q. 348 Any of the other boys?

A. No, not one get paid yet that I know.



Mr. Leighton again examining.

Q. 349 What is your full name?

A. Chin Yee Han.

Q. 350 What is your occupation?

A. A merchant.

Q. 351 And you run a business known as the Hop Sang Company?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. 352 Have you had dealings with Mr. Colquohn, Mr. D.M. Colquohn?

A. Yes.

Q. 353 Or a Company known as the West Shore Lumber Company?

A. Yes.

Q. 354 Who did you deal with for the West Shore Lumber Company

A. Mr. Colquohn.

Q. 355 Did you have orders to ship food to Camp No. 1 Canoe Pass?

A. Always send supplies to a place called Sechart.

Q. 356 Have you your books with you showing what goods were ordered in September for that Camp?

A. Yes, I have.

Q. 357 Can you tell me what goods were ordered in the month of September? Are these your books?

A. Yes.

Q. 358 And do these correctly show the goods shipped out of your store to this Camp?

A. Yes.


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

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