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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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No 4


Q; - Any accumulation of frost on the windshield?

A; - None.

Q; - Were you sitting in the seat alongside the driver?

A; - Yes.

No 5 John Bloomfield Weir, 1345 Fourteenth Avenue West, Vancouver, B.C. machinery business, being duly sworn, saith; -

On Saturday afternoon, we had been shooting on Lulu Island and the shooting was rather good, we stayed rather late, in fact, it was dark before we left, and as soon as the shooting was over we started to come in, crossing the bridge. The night was beautiful and clear, and coming to the bridge possibly I am quite a reckless driver, and was driving rather fast, and Mr Fowler who was with me, he says "better watch watch out coming up to the draw on this bridge." With that I slackened down. That was coming up the incline to the approach of the bridge. I kept coming straight along, and everything was clear, straight through and possibly we were going at the rate of fifteen to eighteen miles on the bridge. I come through without any trouble, and went on home.

Coroner; - What about the lights?

A; - I had my both lights full force on the machine. I did not see any lights. I didn't look, I wasn't looking, keeping my eye on the road, watching at the side so that I didn't hit the sides of the draw, keeping on my line, noticed the white lights over on this end, that is the only light I remember, if the other was actually lit, I didn't pay attention to it.

Q; - Are you familiar with that bridge?

A; - I have crossed it, yes;

Q; - In how far would you be able to stop your machine? absolutely?

A; - If I knew there was any danger I would drive into

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

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