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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3rd Witness 7
George Chadchill, having been duly sworn, stated I am fireman at this mine I examined Morgans state on the morning of the day on which the Chinaman Ah Yung was killed. I tried the roof in the stall, I considered it perfectly safe, I did not notice any slip, I think there was enough think[?] for safety.
Taken before me at Wellington this 11th day of Aug 1879
Hana[?] K Splading
BC Archives GR-0431 Box 2 File 6
BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.