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A monument commemorates the 1895 Mc Evoy Mine Disaster.

The Eldorado region was considered a dangerous area to mine, and there was an excess of underground water and the ground was generally unstable. Just before 4.00 am on Saturday 20 July 1895, tragedy struck the McEvoy Company. Nineteen miners were underground at the time of the accident.

Joseph Ferguson, aged 25, was pushing a truck out of the mine. He soon was unable to push it any further as nearly a metre of soft mud flowed along the tunnel floor. Rather than leave the mine immediately, he decided to warn his workmates of the danger. Six of the miners on the night shift were unable to be rescued. Five of the miners are buried together in the cemetery at Eldorado. For his actions Joseph Ferguson was awarded the Royal Humane Society`s silver medal. The Department of Mines awarded him a certificate in recognition of his “bravery and presence of mind”. Years later this framed certificate was found at the Tamworth tip.

An additional plaque has been added to the monument to commemorate miners who list their lives between 1850 and 1950.


Address:Cemetery Road, Eldorado Cemetery, Eldorado, 3746
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.315926
Long: 146.516431
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event STart Date:20-July-1895
Actual Event End Date:20-July-1895


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 20th July, 1995
Front Inscription

In memory of those who lost their live in the McEvoy mine disaster
20th July 1895 

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20th July 1995

Plaque :

In memory of the miners who lost their lives during the 100 years of Eldorado gold and tin mining
1850`s - 1950`s 

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20th July 1995

Source: MA
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