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.
*All transcriptions are provided by volunteers, and the accuracy of the transcriptions is not guaranteed. Please be sure to verify the information by viewing the image record, or visiting the BC Archives in person.
*Please note that archival source materials are original historical documents that have not been censored, reviewed or otherwise altered by the Royal BC Museum. Some materials may contain content that is racist, sexist or otherwise offensive. The Royal BC Museum is only the custodian of archival materials; the content does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Royal BC Museum.
and Long [Tu?] duly sworn as interpreter Ah Soy duly sworn. I found the body near the edge of the slide below the precipice, did not search the body for money. I do not know anything of the deceased. I was informed by Tuck Kie of Clinton by letter to come to make the search as some articles of the deceased were found on the bank above where deceased was found.
Ah Fork duly sworn, says, the dead man was going to work for me, he went to Lillooet, he stayed with me here two days, then we came back together. We came to the part of the trail where it branches off in two tracks, he said he would go by the upper trail . I advised him not, but to go by the lower trail, it was dark or about Sundown, the deceased said he knew the upper trail & went that way & witness went the lower trial. Witness waited where the two trails meet all night, and then went on to High Bar in the morning. I waited at the claim for three days, thinking the deceased was at some chinamans claim on the
BC Archives GR-0431, Box 2 File 5, BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Inquisitions/Inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia