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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ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE BC AUG 24 1903
Province of British Columbia } District of Comox
An Enquisition indented taken at Cumberland British Columbia, the 14 day of August, in the third year of the Reign of our Sovereign King Edward VII, before me, James [?], one of the Coroners for our King, for the District of Comox aforesaid, upon the view of the body of [?] Chi, then and there and within the jurisdiction of the Coroner, lying dead, upon the oaths of Stanley H Riggs [?]ames Reid Daniel Kilpatrick David Daniels Charles H [?]arbell Duncan Bennie and Alexander Mcneil
good and lawful men of Cumberland aforesaid, in the said District of Comox, who being now here sworn and charged to inquire, on the part of our said King, when, where, how, and after what manner the said Chung Chi came to his death, do say upon their oath, that [?] your jury appointed to enquire into the cause of [?] of one Chung Chi
BC Archives DR-0431 Box 6 File 3
BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.