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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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5th Witness


Mr John Boydon having been duly sworn states I am manager of the Vancouver Coal Co. I have heard Mr. Wingates evidence & I agree with it gen- -erally. On Thursday morning last I heard that an explosion had taken place in the Wellington mine, I hastened out & after examining the plan & ascertaining that the fire had occured the day previous, I made several inquiries as to whether the fire had been put out or not, I learned that when the men left their shift at 6 O Clock on Thursday morning that there was no flame to make fire that such was the case in going down I examined the return air course I found there could be little or no flame as the air altho smelling a little of coal smoke was not other than usual after an explosion. I then went down the slope as far as No 10 level in company with Frank Little & found a number of Coal boxes piled one on top of the other at the entrance of No. 10 level, we went over the boxes into the level about 30 yards


BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 2 File 6 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by Coroners in British Columbia

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