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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2 loading the cars Isaw a fall of a mixture of coal and rock from the side of the wall where Mah Ling was working and it fell upon him hitting him on his back and knocked him down when Iwent to get help and got three men we picked him up and put him on a car By Mr. Graham Mah Ling was dipping out the bottom Joseph Shaw coroner James Brown being sworn saith I am a miner Iwork for the Canadian Colleries ( Dunsmuir)Co Ld at no 5 mine Cumberland, I reccolect the 24 Hany 1919 I am one of the Three men that Mah Wong came for he said Iwant help there is a man hurt I at once went to where the man was hurt found him lying on the floor of the stall and we got a car and put him in it. he was alive and I asked him what his name was he replied Mah Ling Ialso asked where he was hurt and pponted to his back, say up here I knew him as Mah Lind and I identify him as Mah Ling we took him up the ( ) on the car ( ) ahead and phoned for the ambulance By Mr Deolin Mah Ling was working under me Ihad been in his stall 15 minutes before the accident no Idid not examine the place that the fall came from then but I had previously done so and Ifound it all right Yes I go round always before the men start work and make an examination I concluded that everything was all right and safe for men towork in It was about 5 or 10 minutes ( ) 10 P.M. James T Brown Joseph Shaw Coroner