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 British Columbia, Attorney General Box 12 File 1 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia
Cumberland B. C. 28th April 1919
Inquest held on the body of Chow Wing
Dr George McNaughton being sworn read his state as to the injuries and condition of the deceaseds body
Statement attached ____________________________
A.C. Lyman being sworn saith
I am the Engineer of the Canadian Collieries Co of Cumberland B.C.
I visited the scene of the accident the morning of the 28th and took the various measurements from which the exhibits were made and certify the same to be correct.
A. C. Lyman Joseph Shaw Coroner
Foon Sien Interpreter being sworn enterpretes the evidence of the Chinese witnesses Foon Sien Joseph Shaw Coroner
Ching Cong Being sworn saith
taking[?] long I work at no 4 for the Canadian Collieries, damping Coal I remember the 26th April 1919. I knew Chow Wing he was working near to me I saw the accident that caused