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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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A; - I said to my daughter, "There's an automobile coming but it wont get across."

Q; - You gave as a reason why it couldn't get across the bridge was three parts open?

A; - It a short while it would be wide open.

Q; - When the bridge was wide open what did you do?

A; - I started running over the little bridge swing the light.

Q; - When still standing there did you see the auto coming up the approach to the bridge? A; - Yes.

Q; - What happened then. Were you still at the rail or resting on the rail when you saw the auto come up on the bridge? A; - Yes.

Q; - What happened then?

A; - I saw the headlight strike the swing; it was open. My daughter said to me "They are not slowing up the auto" I picked up my light and shouted "Keep back there."

Q; - What next? A; - In a second or two they dashed through the gates and into the river.

Q; - Was there any evidence afterwards that the auto struck the gates? A; - Yes, sir.

A; - What Evidence? A; - Lots of glass lying about, and a kind of bulge in the gate; the that side of the gate.

Q; - Which gate? A; - The one that side.

Q; - And that accounted for the condition of the gates?

A; - East side.

Cowan; - East half of the south gate? Yes.

Q; - It had been bulged you say? A; - Yes.

Q; - Where was the glass? A; - The glass was lying all around in front of the gates.

Q; - What kind of glass? A; - Kind of thick glass, and I think it looked as though it might have come from his lamps.

Q; - How did you have the gates fastened? A; - With lock and chains.

Q; - After the accident did you find either the lock or the chain?

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 10 File 4 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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