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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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& 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. After 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.

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