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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. 96 You went to the Camp on the 19th August 1933?

A. Yes. Other place, camp #2 in there. Not this camp.

Q. 97 You saw those three dead men downstairs?

A. Yes.

Q. 98 When did the first on get sick?

A. He was sick one week ago.

Q. 99 That is one week before the policeman came, or one week before he died?

A. One week before we died.

Q. 100 When did the first one die?

A. On the 17th of January, at ten thirty at night.

Q. 101 Lung Yuen Hung, he was sick for about a week?

A. Yes.

Q. 102 Very sick?

A. Before he was sick one time; after he alright. He died; he said he was choking; that is all he told me.

Q. 103 He was very sick for a week?

A. Before he was good working.

Q. 104 He was sick for about a week and died on the 17th. When did the next one die?

A. This one sick in about four or five days. I forget. He about four, four or five days.

Q. 105 When did he die?

A. On the 18th; half past ten at night.

Q. 106 In the morning?

A. Night, same time as other fellow; different day. One die one day and he the next.

Q. 107 Who is that fellow?

A. Wong Kong Ying.

Q. 108 Did somebody try to get a doctor?

A. No, cannot get a doctor round there. I tell King, the foreman, one man sick. Couldn't get the doctor to come in. I just tell King.

Q. 109 What did you tell him?

A. I told him, the last day, the 18th, in the day time.

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

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