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John Marshall 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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I, Thomas Jeffs of Vancouver, in the Province of British Columbia, Coroner, do hereby solemnly declare that in the case of the death of George Smith, Mrs Evans, Lorna B Evans, John Marshall, Frank Keen, Wm Hy Walker, Kenneth Ritchie, Chin Fat Yip and Arno Elder Willcock, from information received by me as Coroner, I am of opinion that there is reason for believing that the deceased did not come to his death from natural causes, or from mere accident or mischance, but came to his death from violence, or unfair means, or culpable or negligent conduct of others, under circumstances requiring investigation by a Coroner's inquest.

And I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing it to be true, and knowing that it is of the same force and effect as if made under oath, and by virtue of the "Canada Evidence Act."

Declared before me at Vancouver this 14th day of November A.D. 1916 Thomas Jeffs

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 10 File 4 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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