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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Q: And on what reasoning do you form that opinion? A: From the appearance of the cags, the way they were knocked down on both sides. Q: Showing that the force of the explosion there had gone both ways? A: Yes. Q: You left the mine you said, about half past three. Was everything in good order than as far as you could judge? A: Everything was in good order then. A Juror:- is it customary for chinamen to smoke while at work? A: Not in that section; it is strictly against the rules. Q: Did they ever do it that you know of? A: I have heard of them doing it but I never seen them myself. Q: Do you take any precautions to keep them from taking matches down? A: Sometimes I search them. Q: Did you find any? A: No, I haven't found any yet. Q: Did you search them on the 15th inst? A: No.
Taken upon oath and acknowledged this 14 day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and three before me
BC Archives GR-0431 Box 6 File 3
BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.