october memories / 15


15th October, 1912 : Fifty-one miners entombed for three-and-a-half days by fire in the Mount Lyell copper mine, near Queenstown, in Tasmania, were found alive 1,000 feet bellow the surface this evening. Twelve of their fellow workers have been found dead on the other levels, and there is little hope for 30 others still lost amid pungent smoke and poisonous gases from a fire which broke out in a pump house at the 700 foot level. The awful irony is that a team of inspectors arrived at Mount Lyell on the day of the fire to investigate complaints about the safety of the mine.

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