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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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E. H. Boys Longshoreman Being sworn states

On Saturday morning last about ½ past ten I saw two chinamen go down to the shore, get into a canoe and paddled away towards Mr. Bridges House. I watched for some time to see them as they had got clumsily into their canoe and then I went back to my work did not see them again, after a little while I saw the same canoe floating away close to the shore. At first I thought they had got out & tied the canoe but I saw it float away from the short altogether. I then thought they had gone ashore and that this canoe had floated off. I thought no more about it till the next day when I heard they were missing. I told their friends what I had seen. The chinamen seemed to be sober and not angry with each other. While getting into the canoe they nearly upset it. The canoe was very [illegible] & had a keel.

E.H. Boys 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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