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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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the fresh air into the level would render the gass harmless if there was any there it was a matter of judgement as to how much of the brattice should be left open. At about half past 9 O Clock Dixon reported to me that there was no gass in the level I knew that he had been in once before, & I had tetisfied. I told Dixon at the time he reported to me that Gass might accumu- -late in the level owing to a portion of the air being taken off & that he was to watch it particularly & to allow no one to go through No 3 Curtain I believe I cautioned him three times on this matter. Some time before 12 O Clock Dixon passed me in the level No.10 & agrumbled about John Dick being "scared" about the gass. I told him that John Dick was a stranger in the mine & did not know it as well as he did & that he was to in and examine it for the satisfaction of any of the men that wished him to do so, he left me and went in through the curtain, I saw him come back, I called out is that you Dixon, & he answered Yes, & asked him if all was right

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

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