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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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BC Archives GR-0431

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[CORONER.] Information of Witnesses


To wit:

INFORMATIONS of witnesses severally taken and acknowledged on behalf of our Sovereign Lord the King, touching the death of Lee Gee & Yong Gow at Cumberland, BC in the Province of British Columbia in the County of Nanaimo, on the 24th & 25th day of February , in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and 19 before me, Joseph Shaw, one of His Majesty's Coroners for the said County, on an inquisition then and there taken on view of the body of the said Lee Gee & Yong Gow, then and there lying dead, as follows, to wit:

[A.Q.Lyn?] (Surveyor)

of the Caucasian [Colonies?] [Led.?] of Cumberland, in the said County of Nanaimo, being sworn,

produced a plan of the place of the accident and explained it to the Jury

I did not see the accident at certained the particulars the following morning and the plan produced in a true and correct one.

Albert C. Lymn Joseph Shaw coroner

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