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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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3 (circled) 16 By the jury:- It was dynamite and not powder in the shed. I do not know if the Orientals in the shed had any previous experience. The floor of the shed was covered with rubberoid and sawdust. By the Cornoner:- I have seen a case fall and break to pieces without an explosion following. The kind of work in which the Chinese were engaged was just as safe as any other branch of the work. By the Foreman:- The men are given instructions when they first go to work and given a book of rules. The Chinese are warned by the Chinaman who furnished the help but they are not given a book of rules to my knowlege. Book of rules produced at this stage. 8 exhibit A. Lorrian? J Brooks.

Taken upon oath and acknoledged the 15th day of Mar 1910 before me. ? Coranor

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