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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We, your jury appointed to enquire into the death of one Chung Chi, find that the said Chung Chi came to his death by an explosion of gas in No. 6 mine, caused by a sudden out-burst of gas, which as liberated by a squeeze. From the evidence before use we are unable to decide how the gas was lighted; it may have been lighted by the broken lamp, Exhibit "A", or matches used by Chinamen while lighting their cigarettes or pipes.
We are also of the opinion that the Inspector of Mines should see that the Mines Regulation Act is more strictly enforced.
Stanley H. Riiggs, foreman, James Reich, Daniel Kilpatrick D. Daniels, C. H. Tarbell, Duncan Bennie, Alexander McNeill.
BC Archives GR-0431 Box 6 File 3
BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.