Series GR-1327 - Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners

Ah Yuene : Rock fell on him Ah Quong : Didn't hook up the other car to the rest in the mine Ah Gong : Accidental fire Foo Kung : Refused medical help Sing Ko : Accidentally fell off a bridge Ah Kang : Got caught between a box of coal and the pillar Ah Ying : Wheels of a car ran over him Charles Anderson : Suffocated and burnt Saw Gow : Suffocated and burnt John Paul : Suffocated from fire in mine shaft Ah Yan : Suffocated from fire in mine shaft Unknown man [Chinese] Ah Youk : Gunshot wound Ah Suey : Gunshot wound Ah Kat : Exhaustion and exposures to cold weather Chee Lock [Chinese] Unknown man [Chinese] Ah Saet : Hung in New Westminster jail Chung [Chinese] Su Duck : Accidental Quong Lu : Accidental Ah Quong [Chinese] Lung Yen : Accidental Ah Hem : Fell off some timber in the mine Ah Chow : Was hung Ling Gum : Asphyxiated from a charcoal fire in her stove Ah Fat : Hung Mon Teug : Drowned in Thompson River Loo Wong [Chinese] Ah Yak [Chinese]
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Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners

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  • 1862, 1872-1937 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

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74 reels of microfilm [B02372 - B02445]

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The Attorney-General’s Department was established in 1871 by authority of the Constitution Act of 1871 (SBC 1871, c. 147). Prior to that, from 1863 to 1866, the origins of the ministry were in the offices of the Attorney-General for the Colony of Vancouver Island and for the Colony of British Columbia. In 1866, the colonies united to form one colony, with one Attorney-General, who remained in place until British Columbia became a province of the Dominion of Canada in 1871. The Attorney-General was the official legal advisor of the Lieutenant-Governor and of the Executive Council. He was responsible for the settlement and approval of all documents issued under the public seal of the province and for the supervision of magistrates, police, and the constabulary.

In 1899, the department was reconstituted by the Attorney-General’s Act (SBC 1899, c. 5), which expanded the duties and powers of the Attorney-General to include: management and direction of correctional institutions, the British Columbia Provincial Police, and the administration of public affairs; provision of legislative and legal advice to the representative of the Crown and the heads of government departments; administration of justice within the Province; and regulation of all litigation for and against the Crown and public departments within the jurisdiction of the Legislature.

At various times several different agencies have been under the direction of the Attorney-General, such as the Industrial Schools for Boys and for Girls, Factories Inspection Branch, Electrical Energy Inspection Branch, Mothers’ Pension Board, Municipal Branch, Provincial Board of Health, Prohibition Commission, Public Utilities Commission, and Superintendent of Neglected Children. In most instances these agencies have later been placed under the management of other departments, absorbed into new organizations, or abolished altogether.

In 1976, the Dept. of the Attorney-General was renamed the Ministry of the Attorney General (OIC 3199/76).

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Series consists of British Columbia coroners' inquisitions (inquests) for 1872-1937. Also includes one amendment to a 1862 inquisition. Inquisitions are investigations in which a coroners’ jury rules on the cause of death. Inquisition files often contain witness statements, transcripts, autopsy reports, and findings.

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Transferred from Department of Attorney General in 1959.


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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts and access may be restricted. Contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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Partially nominal file list available:

An Index to coroners’ inquests and inquiries (1859-1939) is available online as a searchable pdf:

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Accession number(s): 91-4229 (G83-024)

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Select records have been digitized as part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative.

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Not all coroners’ records between 1859 and 1970 have survived or are in the legal custody of the BC Archives.

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