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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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down the Mine, I taking the lead. When I got to the siding where the runners were, I found a Chinaman sitting crying & told him to go away up out of the Mine. I then thought I heard some one moaning down below & went on down to see & found Mathew McDonell & George Brown. I called out to the men who where with me that I had found the injured men. I immediately picked up McDonell & carried him until I met the other man coming who carried him a few yards farther & then said they could not stand it & had to lay him down & proceed to the fresh air. On getting to fresh air two fresh men went down & I returned with them to show them where the men were lying. James McInnes said the would have to lay him down & go to the fresh air & I had only proceeded about 10 yards when I fell unconscious. I remember no more. If a properly qualified man had gone down the mine on the morning of the 15th September the accident could not have occurred. If the

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

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