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Ah Sigh

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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1st witness, Allan Stephenson

Having been duly sworn states, I was in my stall on the morning of the 23th of July when the Chinaman Ah Sigh came & took my box. In about a minute I heard the box going away too fast. I called out to the Chinaman but he didn’t answer. I then ran out & found the man lying under the box. He was not quite dead. I gave him some tea & sent for H. Bolton who is the Superintendent of the runners. The man was about dead by the time Bolton & a Chinaman arrived. James Crosson is my partner & he helped all I have stated.

Allan Stevenson

Taken before me at Chase River this 3rd day of August 1877

Warner R Spalding

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 2 File 1 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.


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