Accident at the State Battery – miner profile

Accident at the State Battery – miner profile

Allan Murray AYLES, age 35yrs, an assayer, was killed on 23rd March 1916 at the Wiluna State Battery.  He became caught in the belting of a Berdan Pan and was crushed by the machinery. He was from Wellington New Zealand. he was the son of Allan AYLES and Mother Mary E...
A Case of Mistaken Identity –

A Case of Mistaken Identity –

While recently doing my daily post on the WAVMM ‘The Western Australian Virtual Miners Memorial’ I found that it was the anniversary of a disaster which caused the death of three men at the Englishman GM in Kookynie. There are the names of the men:- BOURKE...
The Boyland Brothers: miners profile

The Boyland Brothers: miners profile

Young men “turned to stone”. George Boyland George Boyland was born in Garden Gully, Bendigo, Victoria, on the 8th March 1872. The son of a miner, he and his brother and sister moved with their parents from Victoria to Queensland, and then around 1894 to Western...
Horrific Accident at the St George Mine

Horrific Accident at the St George Mine

MAN SWEPT ROUND SHAFTING AT THE ST GEORGE MINE.  CONDITION CRITICAL On the 5 July 1908, Amadeo (Andrew) Thomas Sarte, 59 years of age, and employed in general work on the surface, met with a dreadful accident at the St. George mine on Thursday afternoon last. It...

Streets Ahead- Miners Honoured

Streets named after miners who have been killed in workplace accidents in Kalgoorlie:- In the mid 1990’s the new subdivision of Somerville-O’Connor started a trend to name new streets after miners who had been killed in mining accidents:- BATES DRIVE:...
Turning Men Into Stone – Book Review

Turning Men Into Stone – Book Review

Turning Men Into Stone A social and medical history of silicosis in Western Australia 1890-1970 by Dr Criena Fitzgerald 1960, WA physician Dr Bob Elphick remarked to his colleagues that the mining industry was turning men into stone. This evocative image aptly...
Don McLeod, M.C. — the one-armed Captain of the 12th

Don McLeod, M.C. — the one-armed Captain of the 12th

by David McMillan The remarkable life of Donald McLeod, a war hero, ended tragically at the bottom of a Pilbara mine shaft in December 1928. Born in Dornoch, Scotland in 1887, he migrated to WA and worked as a miner in the State’s far north. With the outbreak of World...
Tragedy at the Iron Duke – by David McMillan

Tragedy at the Iron Duke – by David McMillan

Tragedy at the Iron Duke An unusual accident occurred in the Gold Mines of Kalgoorlie’s Iron Duke Mine in March 1936 — not only due to its unusual nature but also that it involved two women.  Two men and two women were admitted to the St John of God hospital,...