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Chinaman (Name Unknown)

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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This deponent Quimuck upon his oath said:

This morning I was close to my canoe - near the Bluff fishing where I saw the body of the deceased in the water in the eddy. I brought it to town Quimuck Indian his mark

This Deponent Robt Davis? Foster upon his oath saith: -

I am a duly qualified physician and surgeon. I examined the body of what I consider to be that of Chinaman now lying on the River Bank. I found the body much decomposed and must have been in the water over [ten?] days. I discovered two small cuts - one on the cheek - the other on the back of the head. Also the right arm was fractured near the shoulder - the cut in the face appears to have been inflicted before death from its appearance. It must have been done by some sharpe stone or instrument - it is a clean cut but would not cause death.

"Robert D Foster" MD

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 18 day of July AD 1892 "A.T. Bushby Actg Coroner

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 1 File 3 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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