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Infant Daughter of Foo Hoy

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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By the coroner – Was Chee Quy in the room when she went in. No he had gone out with the baby.

How did she know it? Mooe Mooe told her. Mooe Mooe had told her previously that Foo Hoy had had a child and that Chee Quy had taken it away.

Yong King

Soo Lang

After hearing the evidence the jury directed Jno Chipp M.R.C.F. Eng to perform a post mortem examination.

Jno Chipp M.R.C.F. sworn

I performed a post mortem examination and came to the conclusion that the child did not breathe and therefore was not born alive.

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 1 File 7 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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