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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. 24 When you say on Thursday of last week one of the boys, one of the China boys came over, which one was it?

A. I believe it was Peter came down and told me.

Q. 25 Was there anything said to you then about anyone else being sick?

A. He said another fellow sick and probably wouldn't last out the day. I was going to bring four of the boys up on the following day if Mr. Condon hadn't made arrangements to bring them along. We have a kind of small gas-boat; cannot rely on getting out of there ever at rough weather. We have a gas-boat now — just lately.

Q. 26 You were informed on Thursday that another man was very sick?

A. Yes.

Q. 27 And wouldn't you have rather had the idea that this man had been pretty sick and you had better bring a doctor?

A. I figured in the Police being down there a little sooner than they were. Couldn't do much about it. I received a message from Alberni that they were coming down in the afternoon and it would be a good idea for a doctor, but I had the idea of having them out of there.

Q. 28 Getting back to the food supplies for these particular boys, did you have anything to do with the ordering?

A. Not with the ordering.

Q. 29 Do you know how that was arranged?

A. The way? This King Faun was the boos of the Chinese of there. He used to send them down to Hop Sang or Omar in Vancouver to take care of their grocery needs.

Q. 30 Did they always have food?

A. Never really out, although sometimes pretty low.

Q. 31 What did they generally have on their grocery list?

A. Rice.

Q. 32 What kind of rice?

A. Jap rice, very shiny, long; pork cabbage, turnips, potatoes and other Chinese foods.

Q. 33 During the last four, five or six weeks hat they had lots?

A. They haven't had the last two or three weeks.

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

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