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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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in a very good condition & no danger whatever, in my opinion the fire was out. I can give no explanation as to how the fire originated. I fired a shot in my heading at about half past 2 o'clock P.M. on Tuesday & after doing examined carefully to see that everything was right. I heard Mr. Dunsmuir tell Dixon to be careful & not allow any person behind No. 3 curtain, this was on Wednesday. The last time I saw Dixon in the mine was on Wednesday morning when Mr. Dunsmuir cautioned him. Up[?] to six o.c. on Thursday morning I & the men with me were all working with open lights. I saw George Churchhill the fireman coming round on Thursday morning making his inspection & spoke to him I told him I thought we had got the mine all right. I met the relieving shift going down as I was coming up on Thursday morning.

Taken before me at Wellington this 25th day of April 1879. James[?] R Spalding Coroner.

BC Archives GR-0431 British Columbia, Attorney General/ Box 2 File 6/ Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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