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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& found the after damp so strong
that it prevented us going any
further & in returning a few
steps back we found the body
of a Chinaman, a party of men
coming down at the min ecarried
the body up the slope. We then re-
turned to the surface until
some stoppings in the slope were put in
that had been driven out by the
explosion. Some time in the
afternoon, I went down again
accompanied by Mr. Prior
Hank Little & the other men.
we went along the level and got up
Homes heading as far as where we found
the body of Campbell
We carried the body down the heading
& out to the slope. Going up the
heading we tried to ascertain
in which direction the explosion had come
& found that it must have come
from inside No. 10 level.
remaining on the surface for some
time I was proceeding down the
slope again when it was re-
-ported to me that the body
of a Chinaman had been
found. On Friday I was proceeding
down the mine when it was reported
that the body of a Chinaman had
been found. Mr. Prior Robert Leott
& some others were in the mine Scott
said he had found three Chinamen.
BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 2 File 6 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by Coroners in British Columbia.