The Bellbird Colliery Disaster, Cessnock, NSW, 1923 and the Mines Rescue Act, 1925.

Clive Beauchamp

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    Abstract

    In September 1923, 21 miners perished as the result of a fire and explosions at the Bellbird Colliery near Cessnock, NSW. The account, firstly traces the history and description of the mine, rescue attempts and the recovery efforts using breathing apparatus. Secondly, it identifies the various factors and influences that led to the establishment of mines rescue stations in NSW. Finally, it considers the importance of the disaster to the eventual passage of legislation in the form of the Mines Rescue Act 1925.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-19
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Australasian Mining History
    Volume9
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011

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