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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[CORONER] 24/85 [image] INQUISITION Canada Province of British Columbia An Inquisition indented taken at Victoria British Columbia, the thirty first day of July - in the 49th year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria, before me, Edwin Johnson, gentleman, one of the Coroners for our Lady the Queen, for the Province - aforesaid, upon the view of the body of Lee Sam Hock and Hong Fook at Cadborough Bay near Victoria aforesaid and withesaid Province then and there and within the jurisdiction said Coroner, lying dead, upon the oaths of -William Brown, Foreman - John Begg - Frank Campbell Junior - William Beckford - William Crosson - Thomas Davies good and lawful men of Victoria - aforesaid, in the said Province, who being now here sworn and charged to enquire, on the part of our said Lady the Queen, when, where, how and after what manner, the said Lee Sam Hock and Wong Fooh came to his death, do say upon their oath, that the said BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 4 File 1 Inquisitions/inquests
conducted by coroners in British Columbia.