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Ah Fook

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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[Coroner] INQUISITION Province of British Columbia New Westminster District

An Inquisition indented taken at Moodyville, British Columbia, the eighth day of April A.D. 1879 before me, Charles Newland Trew, gentleman, Coroner for our Lady the Queen, for the District aforesaid, upon the view of the body of a Chinaman named Ah Fook then and there and within the jurisdiction of the said Coroner, lying dead, upon the oaths of

J S Merritt Chris Irwin T Vipont Charles Svenson A. Nelson

Good and lawful men of District aforesaid, in the Province, who being now here sworn and charged to enquire, on the part of our said Lady the Queen when, how, and after what manner, the said Ah Fook, came to his death, do say upon their oath, that he was drowned in Burrard Inlet and we believe his death was accidental.

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 2 File 5 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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