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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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5. Smoking is positively prohibited on the works except in buildings in which notices are posted permitting it.

6. Before beginning any repair work in any explosives building or on any machine or apparatus for handling explosive material, the same must be first thoroughly cleared of explosives in a proper manner and the repair then carefully made.

All tools must be handled carefully and gently and must be handled carefully and gently and must not be thrown down or allowed to drop on the floor.

7. In cutting cartridges no implements shall be used except those provided by the Company. The use of clasp knives is strictly prohibited in all explosive buildings.

8. Oily rags or waste or any other refuse must not be thrown in or about the buildings or upon the grounds, but must be placed in the receptacles provided for that purpose.

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

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