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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. 477 Who is Omar?

A. He has gone outside.

Q. 478 What has Omar got to do with it?

A. I heard believe say that he take out a contract for this Camp

Q. 479 Did you have anything to do with Omar?

A. No, sir.

Q. 480 These are two other letters dated October 20th and November 25th from the Hop Sang Company?

A. Yes.

These letters are read to Court and then letters and translations are put in as EXHIBIT No. 6.

Q. 481 You are quite certain you got nothing between that shipment December 2nd and January 17th?

A. Not between that date except January 17th I receive.

Q. 482 I understand Mr. Colquhoun sent a boat down there on December 15th. Did you see they at all? December 15th?

A. Didn't see any boat or supplies.

Q. 483 Your camp is away back in the bush, about two miles, isn't it?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. 484 Was some effort made by you and some of the other Chinamen to get out of the Camp during November?

A. Yes, when some white men get out camp, I tried to leave.

Q. 485 Just tell us about the arrangements and attempts to get away from Camp that time and what was done about it?

A. At first the white man camp, all provision gone, but the Chinese camp they left only just left very scanty provisions. When provisions get low the Chinese workmen out there wishes to leave. Just three Chinamen they get transportation money, they left camp first, leaving us there behind.

Q. 486 Had you no transportation money?

A. No, not at that time.

Q. 487 Who supplied the transportation money for these three, do you know?

A. They got it on them. They get the money on them

Q. 488 You don't know where they got it from?

A. Don't know where they got it from.


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