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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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2nd Witness Bart Ring

Having been duly sworn states about half past 5 o’clock on Friday morning the 15th, I went into the mine situated on Newcastle Island. I think I was the first man in the mine that morning. To the best of my belief about two months ago there was an explosion when a man was slightly burned, and therefore in going into the mine yesterday morning, I was using precaution by holding my lamp low down with the ground, to prevent accident. In reaching the place where I had been working on Monday the 11th instant, I filled a box with about 500 lbs of coal putting my tools on the top of it, and pushed it before me with the aid of a Chinaman to the Main Road. I then left the mine & was about 200 yards from the level in which I worked when I heard an explosion & my light went out. I came up to the Pithead & waited until some men fetched up. Andrew Miller, and a man came out

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 1 File 7 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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