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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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(no. 2) 5

And by opening another Curtain on no. 10 level outside of Homes heading, and also by pulling up a Curtain (no. 3.) across No. 10 level inside Homes' heading. When the fire was discovered my father was sent for & arrived at the Mine at about 1/2 past 3 o'Clock on the morning of Wednesday the 10th inst. I was with my father & we immediately went down the mine & into Homes heading where the fire was, then my father took the management of the mine. The pump was con- nected to the Hose and water pumped on the fire. the pump was got ready about 2 P.M. & previous to this a Curtain No. 3 was put across No. 10 level. No. 2. & No. 1. Curtain were lifted for the purpose of getting the full force of air up to the fire in Homes heading. We did not allow the full force of air to go on to the fire until we got the pump ready, we then lifted a Curtain No. 4 so as to prevent the air go- ing on to the fire until the pump was ready still continuing to keep another Curtain No. 5 shut ac- cross the head of Homes heading for the purpose of Confining the fire until we were ready with the water.

BC Archives GR-0431 British Columbia, Attorney General/ Box 2 File 6/ Inquisitions-inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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