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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Rees Evans. Miner, having been duly sworn states. I have seen the bodies of the deceased, and I identify them as those of James Dolan and Ah Baw. At about a quarter past 8 O,Clock on the morning of Tuesday the 6th [wistant] I was working in my stall in No. 7. [Seacl] when [Samuel] Dolan came to me and asked if I could help him to put a stringer up. I went as soon as I finished filling my box. Thomas Corlett was there before me and they had one end of the stringer up waiting for me to come. I assisted in pulling it up, Dolan & myself holding it in it's position while Thomas Corlett fastened it with a wedge when Dolan said "thank you boys, I can get along now" Corlett and I then started for our work and had got about ten yards off when I heard the Cave. We immediately turned back & called out but got no answer. We tried to go on the lower side of the face but could not manage it, and at this time the Manager Mr. James [Dunsunnin] & [inserted]Robert[/inserted] [deleted]John[/deleted] Scott the foreman arrived. We then went to work on each side of the Cave to move the rocks and we came upon the body of the Chinaman Ah Baw who was quite dead & a little further on we found the body of James Dolan, also dead. I assisted to bring the bodies to the surface & the medical officer of the mine, Dr. Jones.