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Chung Chi

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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Mr. Pooley:- Did Mr. Morgan measure the air in your presence? A: Yes. Q: What day? A: The day after the explosion, the 16th, and I think he found 15000 cubic feet of air going into the level. Q: And that was to supply 21 men and one mule? A: Yes. The day after the explosion I never saw as much gas coming off a mine as I saw in that place. Q: Have you been able to get into this place since? A: No, we have been working at that place since the explosion, and we couldn't get into that cave until to-day. Q: But since then you have been kept back by gas? A: Kept back by the gas.

John Kesley.

Taken upon oath and acknowledged this 14 day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand and three before me

James Abrams


BC Archives GR-0431 Box 6 File 3

BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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