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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if there was any gass accumulating this was abot 4 O Clock on Wednesday morning. When Dixon returned he said all was clear there was no gass. he returned several times at my request & on each occasion reported it clear of Gass. the last time he went in at my request was at 10 O Clock on Wednesday I am a Certificated Manager of Coal Mines. I consider that the steps taken by Mr. Dunsmuir for the preservation of life and property were right & advisable I would not consider that I was safe working at the fire with Chinamen. Under ordinary circumstances I con- -sider it perfectly safe to have China -men as loaders & runners In Ibornes heading, while the fire continued I saw [?] Chinamen in the mine. I left the mine on Wednesday at 20 minutes past 2 O Clock P.M at that time the water had been plying on the fire for 10 or 15 minutes & I could see no flame. When I left the Mine I considered the fire was under control. No 3 Curtain was put up for the pur- pose of clearing the smoke out of Ijorned heading & it com- -pletely answered the purpose under the circumstances putting up No 3 Curtain as the best thing
BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 2 File 6 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.