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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An Inquisition indented taken at Clinton, in the district of Lillooet British Columbia, the sixth day of November in the forty second year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria, before me, Frederick William Foster, gentleman, one of the Coroners for our Lady the Queen, for the District aforesaid, upon the view of the body of Quong Long of High Bar then and there and within the jurisdiction of the said Coroner, lying dead, upon the oaths of
James D. Hartling foreman
good and lawful men of the district aforesaid, in the said town of Clinton, 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 Quong Long came to his death, do say upon their oath, that the deceased Quong Long who was a native of the [Lae Du?] in the Empire of China, and aged forty seven years and that he came to his death by accidentally falling off the trail near the big slide.
BC Archives GR-0431, Box 2 File 5, BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners of British Columbia.