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Ting Yee

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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for medicine to make him vomit, and tried my best to make him recover. Deceased was about 46 years of age & has been in this country about 14 years, always engaged in mining; he has had very bad luck for the last 3 years, which at times troubled him very much, and he once tried to commit suicide with a hatchet.

By the Foreman - Has the deceased been addicted to smoking or using opium in any way?

Ansr - No!

Coroner - Did deceased get any better after you had given him medicine, and was he able to speak or show any symptoms of sanity?

Ansr He vomited a great deal but from that time, to his death, on Sunday afternoon about 2 oclock, he never appeared conscious of any thing.


We the undersigned find that the deceased "Ting Yee" committed suicide while labouring under a fit of temporary insanity.

Signed - Foreman - J. K. Barker E. Ti, Ah Fi T.S. Duk Fie Le Hoey Ah Sing Coroner Oliver Hare

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 1 File 6 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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