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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My name is John C Brown. I live at Cumberland, I am employed as a Line Boss In No 4 Mine of the Canadian Collieries Dunsmuir - About 1.35 am on the 20th I visited No 1b Stall [?], 2n West Level, where two [?] chinamen were employed repairing the roof, the deceased [?] Young gow was one of the chinamen who was helping Sam Dow [?] to put up a stringer. I stayed with them for a few minutes in their first attempt to put it up the leg of the stringer on the fast [?] side was too long, they took it down to shorten the leg when I left them to complete my round. I saw Young gow again about 2.30 a.m. in a car [?], he was apparently dead. by Mr[?] Jackson - When I was in the space they took down the new stringer, the roof was apparently safe, I did not consider it necessary to put in a temporary prop while they were cutting the other leg. The slits [?[ in the roof were not visible, by being invisible it was more dangerous than appeared, I had sufficient [?] by Mr [?] Graham - There was no attempt to brush [?] the roof, the stringer was for the purpose of reinforcing those already in ..
J C Brown.
taken on oath and acknowledged before me:
John Baird Coroner