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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3 Doctor George McNaughton read his statement in reference to state of Mah Ling after the accident When he examined him, statement attached Joseph Shaw. Coroner Ger K McNaughton MD John Ernest Spicer, I am the Boss at No 5 mine I work for the Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir) Co Ld I recoled Jany 24th 1919 I received a message that a man was injured at about 10.10 PM. I went down the slope directly and found a man lying on his back in the mine car and inquired as to the nature of the injury and was informed he was hurt in the back I took his name and age was informed it was Mah Ling 45 years of age I the saw him Started up the slope when Iproceeded to where the accident occurred along with James Brown who showed me the piece of rock and coal that had fallen upon him Upon examination of the place where the fall came from when Isaw it. was a step from which the rock and coal had liberated itself suddenly. Ithen proceeded up the slope overtaking the injured man. I then went to the surface and proceeded to the engine house getting? blankets and a strecher by this time the car had come to the top we placed him on the stretcher and sent him to the hospital By Mr. Deolin I am Fire Boss, I had visited the place where the accident occurred previously during that shift both times Ifound the place in ? condition, my last visit was about hour and 1/4 before the accident There was no overhanging rock then if there had been Iwould have ordered it taken down or strapped up but it would have been in a very a akward position for a man to BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 12 File 1 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia