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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Nanaimo District, British Columbia
An Inquisition indented taken at Nanaimo, V.I. British Columbia, the 30th day of May in the 37th year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria, before me, Warner Reeve Spalding, gentleman, one of the Coroners for our Lady the Queen, for the District aforesaid, upon the view of the body of Ah Hee a Chinaman then and there and within the jurisdiction of the said Coroner, lying dead, upon the oaths of John J. Landale, Foreman, James Allan, Frederick Reamer, John Fisher, Moses Webb, John Hunter, good and lawful men of Nanaimo aforesaid, in the said District, who being now here sworn and charged to enquire, on the part of our said Lady the Queen, when, where, how, and after what manner, the said Ah Hee Chinaman came to his death, do say upon their oath, that the Chinaman Ah Hee was killed on the 30th day of May 1874 at the Coal Works of the Vancouver Coal Mining Company by falling accidentally down a coal shaft and thereby
BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 1 File 5 / BRITISH COLUMBIA, ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.