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Vancouver Coal Company

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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Re Nanaimo Explosion 3rd May 1887

Evidence taken before W. Wymond Walkem M.D.C.M. Coroner for Province of B.C.

Present at Inquest by Consent of Coroner to watch proceedings

Mr. Eberts on behalf of the Crown

Mr. M.W.T. Drake Q.C. for Vancouver Coal Co.

Hon. John Robson Minister of Mines

Mr. A. Dick Inspector of Mines

Mr. Jas Young on behalf of Widows of Knights of Labour

Mr. S. M. Robins Superintendent Van Coal Co.

Mr. McGregor Manager of Van Coal Co.

Do not destroy Not microfilmable Located July 14, 1970 in box of misc A.G. material DB Mason

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 4 File 3 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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