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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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[circled] 5 13 Evidence continued:-

I do not know whether the Chinese receive a copy of the rules from the company.

[crossed out word] I never heard the 18 rules of the book interpreted to any of the Chinese or myself. I don’t know all the rules contained in the book.

The Chinese know the rules relating to non- smoking and the carrying of matches and talk among themselves of these.

I used to make shells but no one gives us special instruction respecting the danger.

I think that the Chinese know that the work is dangerous.

Taken upon oath and acknowledge this 15th day of May 1810 before me. [signature] coroner

Wong Pong

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