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Wellington Coal Mine

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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1st Witness (4)

James Dunsmuir, Manager of Wellington Mine having been duly sworn states. I have been manager of the Wellington Mine for three years. I have made a Survey of the Mine & also a Plan of the Workings. I produce a Plan of the workings of No. 10 Level & also shewing a portion of the Slope, this plan is marked A. I also produce a Plan marked B. showing the whole of the workings of the mine. these plans are both correct to the best of my knowledge & belief. I have proved the accuracy of Plan B. by measuring the distance between no. 5 & no. 3. levels and also the distance between the other levels. The black Arrows on the plan A. indicate the course of the air when the level was in good working order, the red Arrows indicate the course of the air when we were working at the fire on Wednesday morning and up to the time of the explosion. The course of the air was diverted for the purpose of extinguishing the fire, by Raising the Curtain at the opening of upper 10 (no.1) level And

BC Archives GR-0431 Box 2 File 6

BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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