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James Burton et al

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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Canada Province of British Columbia

An inquisition indented taken at Tunstall Bay, Bowen Island, British Columbia, the fifteenth day of March, in the tenth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord Edward VII., before me. Thomas W. Jeffs, gentleman, one of the Coroners for our Lord the King, for the Province aforesaid, upon the view of the bodies of James Burton, Lin Ho, Don Chong, Lee Wing Juen, Fong Bow and Kong Hee, then and there and within the jurisdiction of the said Coroner, lying dead, upon the oaths of

Walter Fisher Reid, foreman, Harry William Archibald, George Armour Jeffs, Milton Leslie Bechtel, William Simpson, Thomas Porter,

good and lawful men of Province aforesaid, in the said British Columbia, who being now here sworn and charged to inquire, on the part of our said Lord the King, when, where, and how, and after what manner the said James Burton, Lin Ho, Don Chong, Lee Wing Juen, Fong Bow and Kong Hee came to their deaths so sayeth their oath that they came to their death on March 12, 1910 at Western Explosives factory, Tunstall Bay, Bowen Island, B.C. through an explosion of dynamite in the building in which they were employed at the time, said explosion being in the opinion of the jury purely

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 8 File 4 / BRITISH COLUMBIA, ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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