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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Charlie Sing Chong, Chinatown, Cumberland serves [?] as Interpreter :- Sam Dow sworn said :- My name is Sam Dow, I live at Chinatown, my occupation is coal miner :- I knew young Gow, I last saw him alive at quarter to two this morning in the No 4 [?] mine of the Canadian Collieries, he was pulling a stringer up I saw some coal dust falling & I called Young Gow to come out, then a big case [?] of rocks & coal came down & covered up Yong Gow - then I called Yee Tuen [?] to help get him out, & Yee Tuen & I pulled the rock away & took [?] Young Gow out, he was then dead. I then got an empty car & took Young Gow to the pit [?] head & called the line[?] boss. The accident took place on No 1n [?] Stall, 2n [?] west level No 1 slope, No 4 mine. I was helping Young gow to put the stringer up - the side on which Young Gow was standing was where the stringer caved [?] in. By Ho Jay [?] :- Young Gow (crossed out) started to come out when I called but got caught. By Inspector Jackson:- My occupation is not coal miner, I am a timberman. By Cons. Dawley:- I called Yee Tuen & came back to help get [?] Young Gow out within a minute after the accident