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 1 Inquisition 17/19 Attorney-General's Dep't. Received Feb 6 1919 Victoria, B.C. An inquisition indented taken at Cumberland. B.C. British Columbia, the 28th day of January, in the 1919 year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord the King, before me, Joseph Shaw, gentleman, one of the Coroners for our Lord the King, for the aforesaid, upon the view of the body of Mah Ling, then and there and within the jurisdiction of the said Coroner, lying dead, upon the oaths of Walter Hudson- Foreman Thomas Ripley Charles McDonald Earl C. Fletcher Mathew Brown Alfred E. Lyon good and lawful men of Cumberland B.C., aforesaid, in the said, who being now here sworn and charged to inquire, on the part of our said Lord the King, when, where, how, and after what manner, the said Mah Ling came to his death, do say upon their oath, that re inquest- on the death of Mah Ling we are the jury impanelled to inquire into the death of the deceased which occured in the Cumberland General Hospital on Jan 28th 1919. Comox district- Province of British Columbia. Which he met his death by a slide of rock while at his work at the face at no 5 mine- by injuries of the back. Which the jury decides purely accidental. BC Archives GR-0431 British Columbia. Attorney General. Box 12 File 1 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.