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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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(words on extreme top left illegible) John tried having ....... daily .......state. ...............the mine at 11 o,clock on Tuesday evening. Informed about .........level,a portion of them being in Martin's ......... was full of smoke and there ........then heard some of the men coughing ......+ throwing it on the loader cage Around as they thought the fire near them, they worked at it for about an hour when they found out they the be ........ Fearing they could not approach it owing to the smoke + coal falling from the roof. I then went home + returned about 2o.clock and I ...... about the slope.... Mr Robert ...... arrived I went with him + had a look at the fire as by that time the air had cleared away the smoke, and he thought it would be desirable to start the steam pump, + he asked me to .... in getting the pipes ready which I did. While I was getting thepipes ready they had put up .........

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