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Wellington Coal Mine

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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Nanaimo and Wellington

Vancouver Island

Province of British Columbia

An Inquisition indented taken at Wellington British Columbia day of April in the 42nd year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria, before me Warner Reeve Spalding gentleman one of the coroners for our Lady the Queen for the districts aforesaid upon the view of the bodies of John Hoskins, William Rennie, Rueben Gough, Appols Damie, Edward Campbell, John Dixon, Ah Choo, Ah Hoy, [illegible] Gaug, Louis Prelli, then and there and within the jurisdiction of the said coroner, lying dead upon the oaths of John Williams foreman. Michael Wilkinson, Andrew Lund, [illegible] Dolan, Morgan Harris, Thomas Richard, jury men good and lawful men of Wellington and Nanaimo aforesaid in the said districts who being now here sworn and charged to enquire on the part of our said Lady the Queen, when where how and after what manner the said John Hoskins, William Rennie, Rueben Gough, Appols Damie, Edward Campbell, John Dixon, Ah Choo, Ah Hoy, [illegible] Gaug, Louis Prelli came to their death do say upon their oath that the above named men came to their death from

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 2 File 6 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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