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
We, the Jury empaneled and duly sworn to enquire into the cause of the death of Chow Wing, find that the deceased died, on the twenty sixth day of april nineteen hundred and nineteen, from injuries sustained by several full cars of coal running over him, near pit head, number four mine, he having accidentally fallen on the track. according to the evidence no blame is attached to anyone but the deceased himself.
A. Campbell Foreman
S. H. Mumford
A. K. Ezzy[?]
Joseph Shaw Coroner