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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12 [circled] 4 Wong Pang (Chinese), Tunstall Bay Bowen Island. B.C. Sworn, said:-
I left number two shed about twenty minutes to twelve, noon, on March 12, 1910, and went to number one shed. I came out about ten minutes to twelve and heard the explosion. I do not know anything about the Chinamen.
I think they wore company’s [crossed out word] shoes. All Chinamen are told not to carry matches or smoke when they come. I have told men myself and Chinamen talks among themselves.
The men killed had only been here about two weeks. They were supplied by Juen Sing.
My work is to wheel bones and empty shells.
By the foreman:- no one even interpret the book of rules to me. I do not know what is in the book. The men are given books.
At this stage David B. Lew, was sworn as Chinese interpreter. and eliminated balance of testimony.