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Lee Sam

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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Canada Province of British Columbia

Depositions of Witnesses touching the death of Lee Sam Hock and Wong Foot taken at the Police Barracks at Victoria in the said Province before me Edwin Johnson Esquire one of her Majesty's Coroners for the said Province on an inquisition taken on view of the bodies of the said Lee Sam Hock and Wong Foot lying dead at Cadborough Bay near Victoria aforesaid and in the said Province on the thirty first day of July 1885 and afterwards by adjournment as follows:

The Coroner and Jury having duly viewed the bodies on the day aforesaid the inquisition was adjourned until the fourth day of August 1885 the Jury being severally bound in their own recognizance in the sum of $100 to appear on the adjourned inquisition on the said fourth day of August 1885 on such adjourned inquisition the following depositions were taken.

Ah Wing interpreter sworn -

Lee Yee a Chinese sworn says, for Ah Wing on Friday last I saw two dead Chinamen at Cadborough Bay Wharf. They were the same which the present jury looked at. I knew the men - one was Wong Foot the other Lee Sam Hock. I was on the steamer Enterprise on Tuesday last when she was coming from New Westminster. The deceased men were also on the steamer. The Enterprise sank in the water a little way from Cadboro' Bay about half past 12. The weather was good - no fog - could see a long distance. I saw the steamer


BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 4 File 1 / BRITISH COLUMBIA, ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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