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Jim Comerford Memorial Wall : 9-August-2014
Jim Comerford Memorial Wall : 9-August-2014

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The Jim Comerford Memorial Wall commemorates the 1795 miners who were victims of the Northern Districts coalmines.

It was constructed in 1995 at a cost of $160,000 as a tribute by the Northern District Branch of the United Mineworkers` to the men and boys who have lost their lives in the mines or on mining leases in the Northern District since 1801. The records show that the youngest was 11-year-old Robert Irving, a driver boy who was killed at the Co-operative Colliery at Plattsburgh on February 16, 1883, when he was "run over by loaded skips". The oldest fatality was Robert Williamson who was killed at aged 76 at the A.A. Company Colliery No 2 when a large mass of coal gave way and buried him. After being rescued, he lingered for a while then died.

The wall was named as a tribute to one of the Union`s most respected leaders. Jim passed away on November 3, 2006, at the age of 93.

Location

Address:67A Aberdare Road, United Mineworkers Federation, Aberdare, 2325
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.842639
Long: 151.372231
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Industrial
Monument Designer:Carl Merten

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 10th February, 1996
Front Inscription

Remember before God the men and boys who gave their lives in Northern District mines

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Plaque :

The Jim Comerford Commemorative Wall opened by Rt. Hon. P. J. Keating
10th February 1996

M. J. Watson  President
R. P. Land      Secretary
 

Source: MA
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