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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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L. R. M. McInnes, having been duly sworn in medical examiner states I was called yesterday morning the 13th inst at about 7 o’clock and requested to come immediately to NewCastle Island as the Mine was on fire & a number of men were injured. On my arrival at NewCastle, I first saw a man named John Frame & found extensive lacerated woundsd on his head and helped it & left him in a condition likely to do well. I next saw the body of a man named Brown. He was quite dead, the immediate cause of death was a fracture of the skull. I next saw Andrew Miller & found him suffering from several burns of face & hands. I helped the wounds & left him likely to do well. I next saw Mathew McDowell whole scalp was extensively lacerated, the lower & upper limbs severely burned & body [illegible]. I saw he was dying & told his friends so. I did not think it proper to dress his wounds as I felt sure he would die under the operation. This man has since died. I was next called to see a Chinaman at the

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 1 File 7 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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