Dark as a Dungeon

Dark as a Dungeon

Jacqui Graham ins the Great Grand daughter of Richard Dawes and this story is produced with her permission. Jacqui Graham, Memorial Western Collieries Ltd, Western No 1 Mine, 2016, digital image, personal collection. Dark as a dungeon… Richard DAWES was born in the...
Mining Deaths in Kanowna

Mining Deaths in Kanowna

The following is a list of the 22 miners who lost their lives in mining accidents in the Kanowna district and who are buried in the second Kanowna Cemetery. There are other mining death which occurred in this area but they are buried elsewhere. Full details on each...
The Hartley Pit Disaster:

The Hartley Pit Disaster:

Thousands of miners die from mining accidents all over the world each year, especially from underground coal mining, although accidents also occur in hard rock mining. Coal mining is considered much more hazardous than hard rock mining due to flat lying rock strata,...
Charles Augustus Saw -prospector profile

Charles Augustus Saw -prospector profile

Daily News Perth 18 November 1929, page 6 Prospector – Banker – Sharebroker A Western Australian by birth, Mr. Charles Augustus Saw, president of the Stock Exchange, Perth, was born hi this city in the days when it was still little more than a village....
A Lonely Prospector Waiting to Die:

A Lonely Prospector Waiting to Die:

A Lonely Prospector Waiting to Die: One of Australia’s Loneliest Men In constant pain from the stump of an amputated leg an 83 year old bachelor dollies stone at his lonely tin camp in the ghost town of Kanowna while waiting to die. He is Irish-born Joe (Joseph...
Mining Deaths in the Leonora Cemetery -a snapshot

Mining Deaths in the Leonora Cemetery -a snapshot

  Philip Uphill, d 22 May 1911, Sons of  Gwalia GM, Occ:- Surveyor, 34yrs, Cause:- Killed by the skip in the Sons of Gwalia GM getting out of control and running violently to the bottom of the shaft, Verdict of the Coroner. Father:- John Emos ADAMS (Accountant)...
Heroism at the Golden West Mine:

Heroism at the Golden West Mine:

In 2013, a lady called Margaret Sanders, contacted me about including her uncle Ralph Douglas Young (Joe), on the Western Australian Virtual Miners Memorial. She has seen our appeal for family members to come forward to provide additional information about miners...
Collie Coal Miners –

Collie Coal Miners –

In conjunction with the Collie Coal Miners Union who erected the Collie Coal Miners Memorial we have now added to the WAVMM all of the miners on the memorial.  www.wavmm.com The following 55 men now each have a profile page and as much information on each person and...
Samuel James Ennor — A Miner’s Story

Samuel James Ennor — A Miner’s Story

Samuel James Ennor — A Miner’s Story by David McMillan (volunteer researcher).   In July 1909, Samuel Ennor died of a cerebral haemorrhage which occurred while working at the Federal Gold Mine, at the northern end of the Golden Mile.  He could not have expected...
Michael Crennan – pioneer profile

Michael Crennan – pioneer profile

I have recently been in correspondence with Elaine Hopper and Michael Crennan who have kindly allowed me to share the story about their relative, Michael Crennan. We originally came into contact through the Western Australian Virtual Miners Memorial web site, as...