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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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Charles Thomson Smith Labourer being sworn

I heard yesterday that two Chinamen had been drowned. I knew one of them. His name was Louis. I was near Wm Bridges yesterday at noon, I was on the shore. I saw an Indian named Charley. He was fishing and on his way home he found the bodies of the two Chinaman. I saw him find them. I went up to Bridges house and got a Chinaman who brought the more with him when they got down to the water we put the bodies in a canoe and brought them up to the old mill where they are now lying.

Charles Thompson His Mark X

Taken an oath and acknowledged this 8th day of April 1879 before me. C. N. Trew Coroner

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

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