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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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Q. 359 Have you shown the interpreter the places in those books which contain the records of the shipments to Canoe Pass, to this Camp?

A. Yes.

Mr. Leighton addressing the Coroner. I think we can shorten these proceedings by calling the interpreter as a witness.


Q. 360 You were shown the books of the Hop Sang Company by the last witness, and I believe you made transcriptions of all the bills referring to shipments to the Canoe Pass Camp?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. 361 I see that is described in an invoice dated August 12th as the King Faun Lumber Company?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. 362 Are all the invoices so?

A. I was told to make a translation from August 12th, 1933, up to January 10th this year, which consisted of thirty pages in the Chinese order books.

Mr. Leighton addressing Jury and Coroner. I have translations of these but am sorry to say I only got these this afternoon and have not had a chance to total them, or analyse them.

Q. 363 These are the translations you made. Recognize them?

A. Yes.

Mr. Leighton addressing Court: On August 12th there is a shipment of groceries and some dry goods of $38.00 (Reads out account dated August 12th) August 18th for 15 lbs. Pork, Bitter Melons Chinese Squash and Beans totalling $6.35.

Juryman. Q364 How many men in that camp?

A. (Mr. L.) We will have to get that from another witness.

Mr. L. continuing: On August 23th I see an item on the top of the page for 10 sacks of rice $18.50, small quantities fish, etc. etc., Tobacco $8.00, totalling $87.80. The larger items in that appear to be mostly for clothing - Pants $14.40, Coats $14.40, Rain Hats $3.00 etc. etc.
September 5th -$8.05
September 8th - $10.13


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

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