Monday, March 6, 2017

Coalminers Memorial

A memorial to coalminers in Greymouth, New Zealand unveiled in 2013.

Kings of the mines
Were the humbled miners
Brave trenchant souls


A memorial to coalminers in Greymouth, New Zealand unveiled in 2013.
Traditional mining was highly dangerous. There were three main causes of accidents: rock falls, often when the pillars were mined; explosions, most frequently occasioned by firedamp (methane gas given off by coal), which was usually ignited by a miner’s naked flame; and tubs travelling on the haulage system knocking men over. ~ Bernard

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