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 British Columbia. Attorney General. Box 12 File 1 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia
Chow Wing was trying to get hold of the rope Chow Wing was standing on the same side as the other men
Joseph Shaw Coroner
John E. Boffy being sworn saith
My name is John E. Boffy.
I was at work at no 4 mine on the top upon the evening of the 26th April about 7.30 p.m. We had just finished dumping the trip I was busy totaling up the weight of the trip knowing that there was another trip coming close after, all at once I heard some Chinamen shouting also met one running towards me calling me saying a man on the trip I went straight to the trip and saw a man under the third car of the trip two cars had passed over him and he was under the third we pushed 10 cars back including the one that was on him when we found him severely injured, I at once went and phoned to the engine house asking that men be sent with stretcher and blankets another one brought hot water and bandages we put the injured man on the stretcher carrying him to the lamp cabin when the engine arrived directly after when we put him on to the engine and sent 3 men along with him to the hospital the rope was clear of the cars and the track as far as I can judge the men were in their usual positions and carrying out their work as ordinarily done
By P.C. Brown
It is usual to disconnect the rope when the cars are in motion going slowly
To my knowledge all these men were on this job for 4[?] years.