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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. 46 What do you mean?

A. It was just turned around. The white men were short of groceries and the Chinese had lots.

Q. 47 Your suggestion to that appears to be tolerably correct. The 17th or 18th of October?

A. Around that.

Q. 48 The white men were out of food?

A. Yes.

Q. 49 So far as you know during that time did the Chinese have plenty?

A. Yes, you bet.

Q. 50 When did they start going short of supplies... I was trying to get, when do you suggest the Chinese boys started going short?

A. The shipments were getting farther apart in the latter part of November, I guess. At least it seemed that way.

Q. 51 We'll come around to the 6th of November. You remember? All I want to do is to get the actual facts? On the 6th of November, Sam Noveland, Abrahamson, Petersen and Lowe - - Who were short of supplies then?

A. The white fellows

Q. 52 Weren't the Chinese, as I understand it, suppose to have hid their goods when the Constables were there, around that date?

A. I don't know. They took out about $125.00 worth of groceries. Mr. Colquohn told me that himself. I left there myself for Vancouver so as to get the fellows food or get them out. In the meantime they came out themselves. I brought Colquohn back to the Camp to get these for fellows out. We didn't have a boat then. In the mean-time there was supposed to be $125.00 worth of groceries taken out about that time. Maybe King Faun can tell you.

Q. 53 What would be the idea of taking them out?

A. I was telling him and trying to tell him. He said they were hidden; that these people went in to investigate. I cannot swear as to whether the Chinese had or hadn't


BC Archives GR-0431 Box 13 File 6

BRITISH COLUMBIA, ATTORNEY GENERAL Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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