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Way Toy

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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a woman of very full [illegible] it's likely [illegible] subject for [illegible] or heart [illegible] but not seeing her alive. cannot speak positively as to the current health.

Jno Chipp

Sergeant Lindsay being duly sworn says about seven or eight o'clock last night I was in Barkerville & told a Chinese Woman in China Town had been found dead. I immediately went up and saw the body & sent for Mr. Chipp. The door I found had been broken open the room in good order. I have found no money & mainly looked in her [illegible]

James Lindsay

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

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