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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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BC Archives GR-0431

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12 any mine I have ever worked in but it [?[ given off more gas than any mine I have ever worked in. I hold a [?] as a "anticipated [manager?]" and [?] held such anticipate [?] [?].

To Mr Eberto A mine giving off gas is the same as a "fiery mine"

To the Coroner - There was no [?] in our stall. Most of the [?] extend to the roof. I do not know the thickness of the stoppings or how they are filled in. Some are made of brick and stone. Some in the slope are five feet thick and filled in with [?]. I think the [?] was [?]. Am not sure whether the [?] from the shots will settle the [?] or not. The stoppings are [?] to the filled up to the top and they are examined I supported [?] to see whether they work.

To Mr. M. Gregor - The slope is the [?] place I have heard of was giving much gas but I did not consider it dangerous so long as the current of air was good. The stoppings have always worked after and kept up to the roof..

Taken upon oath and acknowledged this 25th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eighth hundred and eighty seven before [?]

[?] Coroner

Robert Hindmarsh. Miner. Nanaimo being duty sworn saith: I am a minor by occupation and have been mining ten years. Am now twenty four years of age. I began mining in the old country . Have mined four years in the country, three of which I have worked with the Vancouver Coal Company. I remember the third of May last

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 4 File 3 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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