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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Hamington of the [?] of Yale in the [said?] of [?] having sworn faith as [?] a duly qualified Physician and surgeon. I examined the dead body of a [Chinese?] in a [?] a short distance below [?]. I found an irregular [?] found over the right eye about four inches long. There was a compound fracture of the skull underneath [?] with the brain matter exposed. The fracture of the frontal bone and the roof of the eye. In front of the left ear there was an irregular [?] wound going completely through the bone. Round both of the wounds there was blood diffused between the bone and the skin. There were no other marks of violence about the body. The wound first mentioned was caused by violence and was sufficient to cause death. The other wound might have been caused by a fall. An [?] would cause such a wound as the one over the right eye. The [?] wound might have been caused by falling on some pointed or irregular substance.
[?] Taken upon oath and acknowledged this twenty fifth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty four before[?]