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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E. R. Hicks. M.D. Office Hours: 9 to 10 a.m.
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Cumberland, B.C. May 20th, 1920
I Elbert Roy Hicks of Cumberland. B.C. am a duly qualified medical practitioner, and am located in Cumberland, B.C.. On the afternoon of May 20th I examined the body of a chinaman named Young Gow. Upon unfastening the clothes I found that there were no marks or cuts on the skin, or any part of the body. There were no fractures or signs of internal haemorrhage. The face was covered with coal dust + was deeply pitted showing that the fall of coal must have covered or held down the man's face sufficiently long to cause the man to die of suffocation. The weight of coal on the man's chest would if applied long enough be sufficient to suspend the function of respiration + thus cause death. E.R. Hicks M.D John Baird Coroner.