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James Burton et al

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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accidental. The jury recommends, however, that the company have a number of copies of their rules printed in Chinese. That said rules be read to each Chinaman on entering the service of the said company and that he be furnished with a copy for his exclusive use. Also, the jury would call the attention of the company to the danger of employing totally inexperienced men in work so hazardous.

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 8 File 4 / BRITISH COLUMBIA, ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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