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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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Province of British Columbia

District of Nanaimo

To Wit

Information of witnesses since taken and acknowledged on behalf of Our Sovreign Lady the Queen touching the death of John {illegible] at the Court House in the city of Nanaimo District aforesaid in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty seven before me William Wymond Walkem Esquire of our Her Majesty's [illegible] for the said Province of British Columbia in an inquisition then and there taken on view of the body of the said John [illegible] then and there lying dead as follows to wit:

Rowley Heyland being duly sworn saith - I am mine surveyor for the Vancouver Coal Company - Have made a survey of No. 1 shaft and have a tracing of the survey with me - I produce the tracing. I remember the third of May. The tracing is as nearly as possible a tracing of the survey of the mine as it stood on the third of May. The red arrows show the air currents. The note on the foot explains the different marks on the plan. As a Juryman This plan is from the April book the last survey was made on 15th April.

Rowley Heyland Surveyor

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

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