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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7th Witness. William Home having been duly sworn states. I am a Miner and worked in the Heading called Homes heading, one Chinaman assisted me in mining & filling coal. I went down into the mine about half past 10 o'clock on Tuesday evening after hearing the fire bell. I went to where there were some other men & assisted to put out the fire where we considered it to be, after a time we discovered that the fire was not there but that the seat of it lay in Homes heading of course I did my utmost to extinguish it. I have had a fire there on two or three occasions but they never got such headway as on this occasion. I was in the mine all night from 10 o'clock on Wednesday night until 6 o.c. on Thursday morning, there was no fire all that time only smoke & steam. I saw no Chinamen or any other person in the level during the whole of that time. When I was leaving the mine at 6 o' C. A.M. I met a man named John Mackie in my heading & I told him that he could not do anything at present until he got a run of boxes down to fill away the stuff & set timbers, & that the place was
B. C. Archives GR-0431 British Columbia, Attorney General/ Box 2 File 6/ Inquisitions /Inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia