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Chow Wing

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] (1)

Inquisition {seal} Attorney General's Dep't. Received May 9 1919 Victoria, B.C.

An Inquisition indented taken at Cumberland British Columbia, the 28th day of April, 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 Provence aforesaid, upon the view of the body of Chow Wing, then and there and within the jurisdiction of the said Coroner, lying dead, upon the oaths of

A. Campbell (Foreman), Walter Thompson, A. R. Kierstead, T. W. Mumford, John MacKenzie, A.K. Ezzy

good and lawful men of Cumberland B.C. , aforesaid, in the said Provence, 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 Chow Wing came to his death, do say upon their oath, that

we, the Jury empannelled and duly sworn to enquire into the cause of the death of Chow Wing, find that the deceased died on the 26th day of April 1919 from injuries sustained by several several full cars of coal running over him, near pit head No 4 mine, he having accidentally fallen on the track. According to the evidence, no blame is attatched to any one but the deceased himself.

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