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The monument commemorates the seven miners who were killed in the explosion at the Great Extended Hustlers Mine on the 2nd May 1914. 

On 2 May 1914, an explosion occured at the Great Extended Hustler’s Mine in Bendigo, Victoria. The explosion killed the seven men working on the 13th level of the mine who were at a depth of 321 metres. A number of other men working further below were injured as a result of the fumes generated by an air compressor which had been damaged in the explosion. They were also trapped underground for some time, unable to move due to thick smoke.


Address:Hustlers Road , Hustlers Reef Reserve, Bendigo, 3550
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.749296
Long: 144.274339
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:02-May-1914
Actual Event End Date:02-May-1914


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 2nd May, 2008
Front Inscription

Below us lies the old mine workings of 
"The Great Extended Hustlers Mine" 1865 - 1921, 
consisting of 31 levels, to a depth of  3454ft (1053m). 
On the 2nd May 1914, at about 10 pm, an explosion 
occurred on the 13th level at 1053 ft (321m). 
All seven miners working at that level were killed. 
Five widows and ten children were left to mourn their loss.
This was the worst mining accident on the Bendigo Goldfields.

                      Miners Killed :
                         [ Names ]

Mining accidents on the Bendigo Goldfields claimed the lives 
               of about 850 miners.  

                                        Dedicated on 2nd May 2008 by 
                                                Friends of 
                                        Hustlers Reef Reserve


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au