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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. 489 You didn't go out that time. Tell us why?

A. Because I had no money.

Q. 490 When a boat came in on the 20th November, do you remember Stone's boat coming in on the 20th November?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. 491 Take some men away?

A. Some white men and three Chinese.

Q. 492 And why didn't you go then?

A. The three Chinamen and some white men left by that boat.

Q. 493 Why didn't you leave on that boat?

A. Sam told me you have to pay transportation costs in order to get by that boat.

Q. 494 Who told you that?

A. Sam, the previous witness.


Q. 495 What is your name?

A. Omar.

Q. 496 Your name is mentioned in a letter here from the Hop Sang Company.

A. I haven't had any opportunity to read this letter yet.

Q. 497 Just read that part.

A. I didn't know about this letter until now.

Q. 498 Why do they tell King Faun to refer to you if he has any complaints? What had you to do with it?

A. The contract was originally made out by me and King Faun is my partner, and so I treated with Hop Sang for provisions.

Q. 499 The contract with the Hop Sang Company?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. 500 You were contracting to take out shingle bolts?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. 501 And then did you drop out of it afterwards?

A. I am still in this company.

Q. 502 Then do you employ these Chinese who go down there?

A. Yes, I employ them.

Q. 503 You employ them. Are you responsible in any way for looking after them?

A. Yes, I look after them and get provisions for them


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