1896: Obituary of a CW court interpreter

Many a time, we’ve seen that Chinuk Wawa had a crucial role in Settler legal proceedings…


BC Provincial Courthouse, Bastion Square, Victoria, built 1889 (image credit: HistoricPlaces.ca)

Here’s a death notice for one such interpreter, who had evidently served in the late frontier era of British Columbia.

Died Nov, 1896 at Colorado Spngs, CO, Thomas D Lindsay, for several yrs w/Victoria city police force and Chinook interpreter in the Victoria criminal courts. Aged 30+, leaves widow, several children, and bros who reside in Saanich and Lulu Island farming dists.

[Victoria (BC) Colonist, 1896-11-08]

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