Story: Coal and coal mining

Deaths from mining at Denniston, 1869–1906

This list of mining-related deaths in the Denniston area records 29 fatalities in 25 years. The most frequent cause was the fall of rock or stone. Explosions that killed many miners made headlines, but mining was always a dangerous pursuit and there were also many individual fatalities.

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Sources: Norman Crawshaw, The first wave. Westport: N. Crawshaw, 1999, p. 101; Len Richardson, The Denniston Miners’ Union. Westport: Denniston Miners’ Union Centennial Committee, 1984, p. 88

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Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, 'Coal and coal mining - Mining accidents', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/table/7452/deaths-from-mining-at-denniston-1869-1906 (accessed 4 August 2021)

Story by Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 14 Apr 2021, updated 1 Sep 2016