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Ah Lung

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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Inquisition [Ah Lung]

British Columbia To Wit

An Inquisition indented taken at Keithley Creek - British Columbia the nineteenth day of August - One thousand eight hundred and seventy four - in the thirty eighth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady - Victoria, before me Oliver Hare, one of the Coroners for our Lady the Queen for the district of Forks of Quesnelle - upon view of the remains of the body of "Ah Lung" a Chinese miner of Keithley Creek aforesaid (there and within the jurisdiction of the said Coroner) lying dead upon the oaths of William Holmes; John - Marks; Robert Pritchard; Robert Young; Andrew Birrell; and Patrick Howley - good and lawful men of the district aforesaid, who being now here sworn and charged to inquire, on the part of our said Lady the Queen when, where, how, and after what manner the said "Ah Lung" came to his death, do say upon their oath that the following evidences have been attended to by them and the remains examined.

Ah Fung - sworn - Chinese Interpreter -

Ah Hat - Sworn - Says - I lived in the house with deceased - saw him alive on Monday last at five oclock in the evening - I went out to cut some grass, and on my return

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 1 File 5 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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