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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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1. Employees are allowed upon the Works only at such times as their duties may require.

No other persons are allowed upon or in the premises of the Company without proper authority.

2. Workmen must not enter into or remain in any buildings other than those to which they are called in the performance of their duties.

3. No person shall be permitted to enter or remain upon the premises of the Company who is visibly affected by, or is under the influence of liquor.

4. No matches will be permitted upon the works except those furnished by the Company, and no person shall have any matches in his possession unless he has a written permit signed by the superintendent or assistant superintendent.

No pipes, cigars or cigarettes are allowed upon the works except in places where smoking is permitted.

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

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