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Ah Soy

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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1884 [Ah Soy]



An Inquisition indented taken at Hope in the District of Yale British Columbia, the 25th day of September in the 48th year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria, before me, James Wardle, gentleman, Deputy Coroner for our Lady the Queen, for the District of Yale aforesaid, upon the view of the body of Ah Soy then and there and within the jurisdiction of the said Coroner, lying dead, upon the oaths of

William Teague (Foreman) Thomas Daly J. A. Bowes S. M. Walker Charles Galloway J. H. Bevis

good and lawful men of the District aforesaid, in the said Province, who being here sworn and charged to enquire, on the part of our said Lady Queen, when, where, how, and after what manner, the said Ah Soy came to his death, do say upon their oath, that The deceased Ah Soy came to his death by a violent blow done by some person.

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 3 File 7 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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