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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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District of Nanaimo Province of British Columbia

An Inquisition indented taken at Nanaimo, V.I., British Columbia, the 16th day of September in the 39th year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria, before me, Warner R. Spalding, gentlemen, one of the Coroners for our Lady the Queen, for the District aforesaid, upon the view of the bodies of George Brown, Mathew McDowell and a Chinaman named Getts, then and there and within the jurisdiction of the said Coroner, lying dead, upon the oaths of

John Panson, Foreman James Harold Donald Smith James Beck Thomas Clifford and John Gemmell

Good and lawful men of District aforesaid, in the said Province, who being now here sworn and charged to enquire, on the part of our said Lady the Queen when, how, and after what manner, the said George Brown, Mathew McDowell and Getts, came by their death, do say upon their oath,

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 1 File 7 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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