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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Thomas Corlett. Miner, having been duly sworn in states I have seen the bodies of the deceased and I identify them as those of James Dolan, & Ah Baw, Chinaman. On Tuesday the 8th <mstant> I was working in No. 7. Leacl next place to where James Dolan, & Ah Baw were at work and at about a quarter past 8 oclock A.M. James Dolan came to me and asked me to help him to put up a stringer which I did. I then went back to my work, but had not got to my place when I heard a <Cave> and immediately returned to see what was the matter. I saw that the roof had fallen in and I could see the hand of the Chinaman Ah Baw sticking out from under the fallen timbers & stone. <Mst> at this time Mr. James <Dunsavinin>, the Manager, and Robert Scott the foreman arrived. I <apisted> to remove the rock & C? from the body of the Chinaman and on getting him out found he was dead. We continued removing the fallen matter until he came upon the body of Samuel Dolan whom we also found to be dead. We carried the bodies up to the surface and the medical of the mine saw them at once. I <could see> the cause of the Cave had owing to the men having taken the centre post from under the stringer which they ought not to have done.