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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river. I then sent off several Chinamen to look for him and they returned after looking several days about six days. I do not think he had any money, he was aged about forty seven years a native of Lau On in the Chinese Empire.
[By?] the jury, I did not stop at [Seous?] Ck. He had a bottle of Brandy from Lillooet, he was a little in the habit of drinking, he came from Lillooet the same day he was lost, never quarreled with deceased. Deceased must have fallen over the precipice about five hundred yards.
BC Archives GR-0431, Box 2 File 5, BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.