Number 20 Coal Shaft DisasterPrint Page
Two plaques commemorate miners killed in two underground explosions on 20 February 1931 and 15 February 1937.
In its heyday, the State Coal Mine was a bustling network of tunnels, filled with men and pit ponies, dust and dim lights. Deep below the surface, miners toiled to dig the valuable black coal which powered Victoria`s railway network. The mine was Wonthaggi`s life-blood, and was active from 1909 to 1968. The 1930s depression severely affected the State Coal Mine.
A significant number of men were laid off in 1932. Industrial unrest followed, with a 5 month strike ensuing in 1934.
Three years later, an underground explosion in No. 20 Shaft killed thirteen men. Union and management animosity reached its peak following this disaster.
|Address:||Bass Highway, South Dudley, 3995|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -38.607778|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||20-February-1931|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-February-1937|
Wonthaggi State Coal Mine Committee
Wonthaggi & District Historical Society
Dedicated In Memory Of Those Who Died As A
Result Of Two Underground Explosions
20th February 1931
15th February 1937
WONTHAGGI & DISTRICT
NO 20 SHAFT STATE COAL MINES
SHAFT SINKING COMMENCED 1928
DEPTH 720 FEET
OUTPUT 1,643,824 TONS
IN MEMORY OF
THOSE KILLED IN TWO EXPLOSIONS
1931 - 4 1937 - 13