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John Marshall 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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Richmond Municipality, B.C. through the negligence of Mr George Smith in not taking proper precaut to safeguard the passengers.

We recommend that the gates be removed to a distance of not less than two hundred feet each way from these present positions, with a red light attached at each end and in the center of the road and one further recommend that all drivers of automobiles carrying passengers be compelled to go under a rigid examination by capable men before being granted a license in any part of the province of BC and that no passenger car be allowed to carry any more people than its seating capacity.

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

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