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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3 Charley an Indian [being sworn?] Saith
Yesterday I was fishing in my canoe near Wm Bridges house. While I was fishing I found two Chinaman's bodies in the water, they were dead and lying on the ground underwater, awhile [illegible] was on the shore. He went? for a Chinaman, soon some men and we got the bodies up & put them in a canoe & brought them to the old mill. -The Chinamen were drowned in there?. -
Charley his X Mark
Taken on oath and
acknowledged this 8th day of April 1879 before me
BC Archives GR-0431 British Columbia. Attorney General.
Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.