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Ah Ping

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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Jno. Pinkerton miner Ah Chung came to me about 12 oclock on Thursday morning I got out of bed he told me that the drive had [illegible] back face that the Chinaman was buried. I went down found the ground caved.

By Jury How often do you go down in digging? Not been down for two weeks in night time.

How far in?

Don't know the cause of the accident. Where the diggings property timbered. Think so.

John Pinkerton

Alex McFarland miner sworn

Went down with Jno. Pinkerton into the diggings and assisted to remove the dirt It took from 1 oclock Thursday morning till between 5 and 6 oclock in the evening to get the body out.

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

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