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-431 British Columbia Attorney General/ Box 12 File 1/Inquisitions, inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia
By Inspector Devlin
If the deceased was standing as shown on the plan he was in the wrong place
Mr Lyman explained that the position shown on the plan was from information given by the 4 men Bing Choy, Mah Sue, Leong Chow[?] and Ching Cong
By Manager Mr Chas Graham if the deceased was standing in the position as shown on the plan he would be out of his place and of no assistance in moving the rope
The tipple has been in operation 2 months
In my experience I never saw the rope form a loop was shown by Ching congs evidence.
J.E. Boffey [?]
Joseph Shaw Coroner