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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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Robert Dunsmuir having been duly sworn states I am the Managinf Partner of the Weelington Mine. What Mr. Sawes Dunsmuir and Mr. John Diek stated as to the steps taken to put out the fire is true. I entered the Mine about half past 3 O.Clock on Wednesday morning and left it between 2 O'Clock and 3 O'Clock in the after- -noon during which period at about 8 A.M I was absent for twenty minutes only at breakfast. In my opinion the steps that were taken were wise under the circum- stances. Curtain No. 3 was put across No. 10 level some time before 7 O'Clock A.M. I had three objects in putting it there, 1st to take the air off the fire that was in Homes Stall as I was afraid that by letting the whole of the air take its proper course the fire would spread 2nd Was to give the men air who were working at the fire. 3rd I did not entirely close No. 3 Brattice for the purpose of letting some of the fresh air into the level, the effect of letting the

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

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