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James Burton et al

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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6 Soon Mee, (Chinese), 123 Pender street East. Vancouver. B.C. Sworn. said: I work in a Chinese store. The firm I work for supplied the five Chinese killed, about two weeks ago. I explained the nature of the work to them and they said they did not care. I have a copy of the rules and Lin Ho, who was killed, interpreted them to the others. Some of the men worked in the powder works at Victoria and some were green hands. I did not know for certain if the rules were read to the Chinamen Taken upon oath and acknowledged this 15th day of Mar? 1910 before me Th? Jefp? Coroner Soon Mee BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. box 8 File 4 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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