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Ah Yun

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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1st Witness,

William Morgan, having been duly sworn states, I knew the deceased Chinaman, his name is Ah Yun. He was working with me in No 3- Level, in the inside Stall. about half past 1.O.Clock P.M. on the 9th instant the last boy had come in & I told him that as soon as he had filled that boy he could go home. I was working in the face taking out some loose coal after a shot & about 5 or 6 feet from the Chinaman. After he com- menced to fill the boy I sent back for a sledge & passed him going & returning. I used the wedge & was in the ast of taking out the loose coal when I heard a fall close behind me & on looking round I could see no light, I called out "So-hu" where are you received no answer. I immediately jumped back to the boy & saw the man lying under it with his head close

BC Archives GR-0431 Box 2 File 6

BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia

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