Vancouver Coal Company
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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home, and when I returned next day it was caving still. The (?) were put through the full height of the coal. I expect it would have improved the safety of the mine if the dust had been watered every day.
To the Foreman – My partners on the afternoon shift were Jonathan (?) and George Biggs.
To Mr. Roberts – There was not anyone working in shaft below me on the third of May. Jonathan Martin had been working there
To the Coroner – The height of the diagonal slope varies. At the upper end it is not more than six feet. In some places it is twenty feet high. There are (?) formed in the roof. Curtains were placed where required for the purpose of driving the air into the high places
Taken upon oath and acknowledged this 25th day of May in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty seven before me (signed name?) Coroner
To Mr. Roberts – Joshua Martell miner Nanaimo being duly sworn (?); I am a miner and have been working as such for twenty two years. I was working in the new slope of the number one shaft of the Vancouver Coal Company & Works. I was working there on the morning of the third of May last. I was working in coal about one hundred yards from the face of the diagonal and I had been working about six months. We always had plenty of air – a good current - Our
BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 4 File 3 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.