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Wong Kong Ying et al

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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Q. 11 In this camp you are speaking of, who is the owner and proprietor?

A. D. M. Colquohn.

Q. 12 He is in Vancouver?

A. Yes.

Q. 13 Is Mr. Colquohn running it on his own?

A. No, he has formed a company a couple of times, as far as I understand, as regards a certain timer claim.

Q. 14 What is the operation?

A. Taking out shingle bolts.

Q. 15 Mr. Colquohn has been operating at Canoe Pass since when?

A. I dont know exactly how long. I have been there since September.

Q. 16 What is your capacity?

A. Just foreman. I have nothing practically to do with the Chinamen. They more or less take care of themselves unless anything goes wrong. I see they get their supplies when they are sent up, from Sechart.

Q. 17 Incidentally, how many Chinamen are there, all told?

A. Five left now, fifteen altogether, there was.

Q. 18 Just so that we get this straight . . .

A. There are five Chinamen still there.

Q. 19 Just a moment, Mr. Simpson. There is Camp #1?

A. Five Chinamen.

Q. 20 And these other nine men?

A. Camp #2.

Q. 21 This Camp #2 is situated about one and a half miles in the woods?

A. Yes.

Q. 22 Were those men in Camp #2 before you went there?

A. No, I brought them down from Effingham Inlet; up there working. When I first went up there were no Chinamen at our camp. We didn't have the means of keeping in touch with them very easily. I had a boat bring them down so that we could look after them better.

Q. 23 That consolidated your operation, did it?

A. Yes.

BC Archives GR-0431/Box 13 File 6/BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL./Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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