Mt. Kembla Mine Disaster 1902

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Date: 31 Jul 1902 [unknown]
Location: Wollongong, New South Walesmap
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History and Circumstances

  • Date: 31 Jul 1902
  • Location:Wollongong, New South Wales
  • Victims: 96 casualties
  • Cause: Explosion

{{Mining Disasters|text=died in the Mt Kembla Mine Disaster|date= 31 July 1902}}


Name Age Those they left behind Address Sourced Bio Connected Category
Henry Aitken 23 Single Yes
John Aitken 47 Widow and 8 children Yes
Prosper James Annesley 32 Yes
Richard Bellis 62 Yes
Thomas Sylvester Best 48 Married, father of 7 Had lived in Lithgow Yes
Alfred William Blackett 22 Single Yes
Robert George Blackett 24 Single Yes
William Brasher 55 Married, Father of 3 Yes
William Varcoe Bray 38 Married, Father of 8 Yes
Michael James Brennan 19 Single
John Bryson 53 No next of kin
Arthur Carter 28 Single Yes
Charles Church 67 Single
George Henry Dixon 22 Married, father of one Yes
William Doherty 29 Single Yes
Francis Dungey 46 Married, father of 7 Yes
Frederick Dunning 19 Single Yes
Thomas Reed Dunning 45 Married, father of 3 Yes
Joseph Dunning 24 Single Yes
Denis Egan 20 Single Yes
Edward Egan 19 Single Yes
Michael Egan 29 Single Yes
Thomas Egan 32 Single Yes
William Filby 49 Widower, father of 7 Yes
J Daniel Gallagher 50 Widower
Edward Gallagher 38 Married, Father of 4 Yes
Michael Gallagher 45 Single Yes
Edward Gill 28 Single
Stephen Gleeson 33 Married, father of 5 Yes
George Oliver Hartley 22 Single
James Head 32 Widowed, father of 1 Yes
Daniel Healey 32 Single
Alfred Hewlett 28 Single Yes
William Hewlett 21 Single Yes
Jehu Hitchens 60 Married, father of 2
Thomas Howell 36 Separated, 1 child
Thomas Hughes 35 Married, father of 1
Reynold Hume 27 Single
Percy Alexander Hunt 42 Married, father of 7 Yes
Percy Spencer Hunt 18 Single Yes
William Hunt 18 Single
Henry Robert James 33 Married, Father of 4
John Henry James 32 Married, Father of 3
John Jeffrey 47 Married, Father of 3
Robert Jones 21 Single
Thomas Kindred 69 Single
Richard Lane, jr 17 Single
Richard Lane, sr 44 Married, Father of 3
Henry Osborne MacCabe 45 Married, Father of 2 Yes
Patrick McCann 33 Married, Father of 3
James McDill 47 Married Yes
Hugh McLister 24 Single
James McLister 22 Single
William McMurray 47 Single
Henry Meurant 20 Single Yes
William Meurant 22 Married, Father of 1 Yes
George Morris 34 Single
Alexander Morrison 15 Single
Henry Morrison 17 Single
Thomas P Morriss 26 Single Yes
Walter Joseph Morriss 52 Married, 8 Children Yes
John Muir 18 Single
Peter Muir 41 Married
John Murphy 49 Married
John George Nees 34 Married, 6 Children Yes
Jacob Alexander Nelson 15 Single
William Nelson 39 Married, 5 children
William Nixon 21 Single
Matthew Peace 38 Married, father of 1 Yes
William John Price 26 Father of 2 Yes
James Purcell sr 64 Married Yes
James Purcell jr 38 Married, Father of 3 Yes
John Purcell 33 Married, Father of 3 Yes
Patrick Francis Purcell 45 Married, Father of 7 Yes
Thomas Purcell 39 Married, Father of 6 Yes
Henry Rich 67 Married Yes
James Henry Rich 37 Married, 6 Children Yes
Edward Robson 63 Single
George Russell 20 Single
John Ryan 33 Married, 2 Children Yes
Daniel Scott 39 Married, 7 children
William Silcock 14 Single
Albert Skilling 15 Single
Frederick Smith 14 Single
Claude Ramsay Stafford 17 Single
David Kembla Stafford 17 Single
William Stafford 25 Single
Francis Stewart 38 Single
Richard Thomas 26 Single
Thomas Tost 30 Single
John Walker 16 Single
Richard Walker 43 Married, father of 6
William Walker 18 Single
Joseph Wilkinson 26 Engaged
Charles Woodroof 33 Married, died 5 weeks later on 08/09/02
George Youngman 37 Married, father of 3 Yes

A table from the original category, to be reviewed for relevant details and may then be deleted.

Miner Victims

Family NameGiven NamesAgeStatusOccupationPlace of BurialNotes
AitkenJohn47MarriedMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
AitkenHenry23SingleMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
AnnesleyProsper J33SingleMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
BellisRichard62MarriedMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
BestThomas S48MarriedMinerOld Bowenfel Cemetery
BrayWilliam V38MarriedMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Presbysterian Section
BrasherWilliam55MarriedMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
BlacketRobert G24SingleMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
BlacketAlbert W22SingleMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
BrysonJohn53MinerWindy Gully Cemetery
BrennanMichael (Micky)19SingleWheelerBody never found
CarterArthur28SingleMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
ChurchCharles68SingleMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
DixonGeorge H22MarriedWheelerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
DohertyWilliam29SingleMinerAlbion Park Catholic Cemetery
DungeyFrances46MarriedDay DeputySoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
DunningJoseph F24SingleMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
DunningThomas R46MarriedMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
DunningFrederick R19SingleWheelerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
EganThomas32SingleMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
EganMichael29SingleMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
EganDenis20SingleMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
EganEdward19SingleMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
FilbyWilliam49MarriedMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
GallagherMichael45SingleMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
GallagherEdward38MarriedMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
GallaherDanielNo details found. It is possible this person did not exist, was not working on that day, or his body was not found and he had no family locally.
GleesonStephen33MarriedMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
GillEdward J28SingleMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
HartleyGeorge O22SingleMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
HeadJames32WidowerMinerWest Dapto Catholic Cemetery
HealeyDaniel32SingleMinerWest Dapto Catholic Cemetery
HewlettAlfred28SingleShiftmanWindy Gully Cemetery
HewlettWilliam21SingleMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
Hitchins/HitchensJohn/Jehu60MarriedMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
HowellThomas27SingleMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
HughesThomasMarriedFitterSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
HumeReynold27SingleMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
HuntWilliam18SingleMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
HuntPercy Alex42MarriedMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
HuntPercy S18SingleMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
JamesJohn H33MarriedMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
JamesHenry33MarriedMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Presbysterian Section
JeffreyJohn42MarriedMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
JonesRobert21SingleMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
KindredThomas69SingleMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
LaneRichard44MarriedMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
LaneRichard17SingleMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
MacCabeHenry O45MarriedMining EngineerWollongong General Cemetery, Anglican SectionNot a mine employee. Killed during rescue effort.
McCannPatrick33MarriedMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
McDillJames47MarriedMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
McListerHugh24SingleWheelerWindy Gully Cemetery
McListerJames22SingleMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
McMurrayWilliam47WidowerNight DeputyWindy Gully CemeteryNot working during explosion. Killed during rescue effort.
MeurantHenry20SingleMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
MeurantWilliam22MarriedMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
MorrisonHenry17SingleClipperWindy Gully Cemetery
MorrisonAlexander15SingleClipperWindy Gully Cemetery
MorrisGeorge34MarriedMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
MorrissThomas P26SingleMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
MorrissWalter52MarriedMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
MuirJohn18SingleMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
MuirPeter41MarriedMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
MurphyJohn49MarriedMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
NeesJohn G34MarriedMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
NelsonWilliam39MarriedUnder ManagerWindy Gully Cemetery
NelsonJacob A14SingleWorking in Engine ShedWindy Gully Cemetery
NixonWilliam21SingleWheelerHelensburgh General Cemetery
PeaceMatthew38MarriedMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
PriceWilliam John26MarriedWheelerWindy Gully Cemetery
PurcellJames senior64MarriedMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
PurcellJames junior38MarriedShiftmanWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
PurcellJohn33MarriedMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
PurcellPatrick45MarriedEngine DriverWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
PurcellThomas39MarriedMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
RichHenry67MarriedMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
RichJames Henry39MarriedMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
RobsonEdward65SingleMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
RussellGeorge20SingleMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
RyanJohn33MarriedMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
ScottDaniel/David39MarriedMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
SilcockWilliam14SingleClipperWindy Gully Cemetery
SkillingAlbert15SingleClipperSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
SmithFrederick J14SingleClipperSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
StaffordWilliam25SingleMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
StaffordKembla/David17SingleWheelerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
StaffordClaude R17SingleClipperSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
StewartFrancis/Frank38SingleMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Catholic Section
ThomasRichard26SingleMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
TostThomas/Edward30SingleMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
WalkerRichard42MarriedMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
WalkerWilliam T18SingleClipperSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
WalkerJohn16SingleMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla
WilkinsonJoseph26SingleMinerWindy Gully Cemetery
Woodruff/WoodroofCharles/William33MarriedMinerWollongong General Cemetery, Presbysterian Section
YoungmanGeorge H38MarriedMinerSoldier's and Miner's Memorial Church Mt Kembla

Rescue Efforts

Results and Findings


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