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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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18 went into where the bodies were lying & found that one of the bodies was that of Dixon. the first body we came to was that of a Chinaman almost buried in dross [?], he was lying to the right of the level, Dixons body was lying to the left a little further in the body of the other Chinaman was some distance further in, the three bodies were conveyed tto the surface Under the circumstances I think the pre- -cautions taken for the preservation of life & property were right and proper.

John Boyden

Taken before me at Wellington this 24th day of April 1879

Warner R Spalding


BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNY GENERAL Box 2 File 6 Inuisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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