Chinese loading coal
During the gold rush, thousands of Chinese came to B.C. When the gold petered out, many Chinese worked in the Nanaimo mines. There they met harsh and sustained opposition from the other miners. One of the major complaints was that, since the Chinese could not read English, they could not understand the notices of safety regulations posted in the mine shafts. On a number of occasions, this ignorance on the part of the Chinese workers caused or nearly caused explosions and other disasters. The white coal miners eventually won an agreement from the coal companies that the Chinese could only be employed above ground stacking coal.