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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.

Location

Address:Bass Highway, South Dudley, 3995
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.607778
Long: 145.589444
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Industrial
Actual Event STart Date:20-February-1931
Actual Event End Date:15-February-1937

Dedication

Left Side Inscription

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
(4 names)
15th February 1937
(13 names)

Right Side Inscription
WONTHAGGI & DISTRICT
HISTORICAL SOCIETY
NO 20 SHAFT STATE COAL MINES
SHAFT SINKING COMMENCED 1928
DEPTH 720 FEET 
OUTPUT 1,643,824 TONS
CLOSED 1962 

ALSO
IN MEMORY OF

THOSE KILLED IN TWO EXPLOSIONS
1931 - 4   1937 - 13


 
Source: MA,VMR
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