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10-January-2016
10-January-2016

Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown

Monument commemorates those who lost their lives in the North Parkes Mine in 1996 and 1999.

A massive blast in 1999 killed four miners and trapped 30 others underground for several hours. The accident at the North Parkes gold and copper mine happened when an airpocket between the ore body and the main underground area exploded. Thirty-five workers were underground at the time instead of the usual 12, because the mine was shut for a routine maintenance day, according to an official of North Ltd, co-owners of the mine with the Japanese Sumitomo Group.

The blast was so great a depression was left on the ground surface where the ore body sank in at the mine, 30 kilometres from the central-west town of Parkes. Monument may be moved due to destruction by vandals.

Location

Address:Newell Highway, Bushman`s Hill Reserve (opposite Kelly Reserve), Parkes, 2870
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.125349
Long: 148.174429
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Industrial

Dedication

Front Inscription
Plaque 1 : 
              THIS MEMORIAL
DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF


    STEPHEN SHORROCK

WHO LOST HIS LIFE AT NORTHPARKES MINES
            19 AUGUST 1996


Plaque 2 : 
              THIS MEMORIAL 
DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF

           ROSS BODKIN
           COLIN LLOYD-JONES
           MICHAEL HOUSE
           STUART OSMAN
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES AT NORTHPARKES MINES
                24 NOVEMBER 1999

                  
Source: MA
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