The Worst Accident in the history of Australian Gold Mining and The Nicholas Family

William Nicholas, was the manager of the Main Load GM in Burbanks. He had a long flowing white bear and was know for his eccentric behaviour. This earned him the nickname of ‘The Professor’. He married Alice FOWLER and they had two daughters, Alice May and Zoe Victoria and two sons Clive Lanyon and William. […]

Mining Deaths – Lawlers Snapshot 3

In mining areas it was very common to have deaths occur from accidents and miners lung conditions, and Lawlers is no exception. In the Lawlers Cemetery there are 19 mining related deaths out of a total of 164 burials. It is sad that none of them have a headstone. Their details are all recorded on […]

CASSERLY- Death of a Hero

On the 6th October 1938, at the Edwards Find Gold Mine near Southern Cross, an elderly miner called Frank Pagoda was overcome by dynamite fumes. His mate, Paul Casserly, made several attempts to rescue him, sustaining a fracture of the skull in his attempts which eventually claimed his life on the 12th October 1938. He […]

Patrick Ducrow – Father and Husband

Patrick Ducrow b 1928 in Kalgoorlie and died on the 10 Jun 1952. He was thrown out of the skip on the Regent shaft at the Central Norseman Gm, Norseman He Left a pregnant wife and three children under 3. This photograph and information was supplied by his daughter Pat Saltmarsh. He is buried in […]

Horrific Accident at the St George Mine

MAN SWEPT ROUND SHAFTING AT THE ST GEORGE MINE.  CONDITION CRITICAL 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 appears that the unfortunate man was in the act of removing a belt from the elevators cff the brace, […]