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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M.H.G. Murdoch, Engineer at No. 6. Sworn:- By Mr. Potts:- Were you on duty on the 15th of July last? A: Yes, on the day shift. Q: When did you leave? A: I left about five o'clock. Q: What time did the second shift come on? A: That is the afternoon shift? Q: Yes. A: Came on about three o'clock. Q: That was the shift that was in about the time of the explosion? A: Yes. Q: You lowered the miners? A: Yes. Q: Did you have any report from the firemen before lowering? A: No. Q: The firemen did not report to you the condition of the mines? A: No. Q: You have a copy of the Rules. Now, Special Rule No. 15 says (reads). You received no report from the fireman at all? A: No, sir.
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.