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Chinaman (Name Unknown)

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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Paul an Indian being sworn states

Last Friday I was coming down the Fraser River and I saw a body floating among the logs about 2 miles above the mouth of the Harrison River. I carried on down to the [rancherie and told the man there. I went up with them and showed them where the body was. The body was lying in the water face downwards. The body had on a white shirt, his trousers and shoes. I saw nothing else about the body.

Paul His mark X

Taken upon oath and acknowledged before me this 2nd say of September 1875.

C. N. Trew Coroner

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 1 File 6 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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