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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Mr. Robert Wingate having been duly sworn states I am a Mining Engineer & I hold the position of manager of the South Wellington mine I have been Manager of mines on this coast for 10 years. I have heard the evidence of Sawes Dunsmuir & John Dick & I consider that the steps taken as given in their evidence for putting out the fire were wise & proper If I knew there was gass in west gangway behind No 3 Curtain I should not have considered it safe to have China -men roaming about at will, it would have been well to have had Braticing seeing that the fireman had reported that there was no gass I should not have taken any other precautions than the present Man- -agement took & I should not have considered it dangerous or improper to send Chinamen down to temove the debris
-> Robert Wingate
Taken before me at Wellington the 24th day of April 1879
Warner R Spalding