Lee Gee and Young Gow
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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An Inquisition indented taken at Cumberland British Columbia, the 27th day of February, in 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 District aforesaid, upon the view of the body's of Lee Gee & Yong Gow, then and there and within the jurisdiction of the said Coroner, lying dead, upon the oaths of
William Henderson Foreman G. D Webster E.a. Jones G.P Willis J.J. Harwood Charles Reynolds
good and lawful men of Cumberland B.C., aforesaid , in the said County of Nanaimo, 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 came to his death upon their oath, that we, your jury in pannelled to inquire into the cause of death of Lee Gee and Young Gow. [said?] by evidence, adduced before us that the said Lee [Gee?] and young Gow, on the 24th and 25th of February [nineteen] hundred and nineteen (1919) at a certain place, known as no 4 yard situated near Cumberland B.C. came to their deaths, as the result of a Railway collision and we the Jury/over
BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA, ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 12 File 1 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.