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: You are on your oath now? A: Yes. Q: Will you swear that where you fired the last shot, both of those men understood and knew what you said? A: Ask that question again, a little clearer. Q: In that place where you fired the last shot, will you swear that both the miner and helper understood English sufficiently for them to understand you? A: I spoke to both the helper and the miner. Q: Were they both killed? A: No, they both died since. Q: Both of these men were carried to the hospital? A: Yes, I haven't seen them since. Q: How many men were working in that district? A: 16. Q: That would be 8 stalls? A: Well there were some places with one man working. Q: Are you willing to swear that both the miner and helper in each of these places understood English? A: Well they understood what I said to them. Q: Would you say from your knowledge that they understood the Rules and the Coal Min's Act intelligently? A: Yes. Q: You are on your oath? A: Yes, I am on my oath, I guess. Mr. Pooley:- Where that naked light was was on the intake? A: Yes, sir. Q: I wanted to get that down on the notes distinctly. It was on the intake, not on the return air-way? A: No.
Taken upon oath and acknowledged this 14 day of August in the year of 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.