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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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Memo by the Coroner

The verdict of the jury in this case is a true one, but it does not go far enough, as I am of opinion that the men who were killed, and injured, were themselves to blame for the accident in an equal ratio with their employers. It is well known that the most experienced miners are frequently the most careless and indifferent to their own safety. The Jury had composed entirely of miners, with the exception of the Foreman, which must be considered by the Government.

W. R. Spalding Coroner

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

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