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27-August-2019 (John Huth)
27-August-2019 (John Huth)

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Roger Johnson / John Huth / Henry Moulds

The sculpture of a miner commemorates the Moura Underground No 4 disaster in which twelve miners were killed.

At about 11:05 a.m. on 16th July, 1986 there was an explosion in Moura No. 4 Underground Mine in Central Queensland. The 12 miners who were extracting pillars in the Main Dips Section were killed. Their bodies were recovered on 23rd July, 1986 after an extensive recovery operation. The Inquiry into the fatal accident was held in Rockhampton conducted before the Mining Warden and four persons having practical mining knowledge.

The Inquiry commenced on 9th February, 1987 and closed on 27th February 1987. A number of recommendations were made by the members of the Inquiry, the most important of these being that flame safety lamps be prohibited from use in underground coal mines in Queensland subject to limited exceptions.


Address:Dawson Highway, Moura, 4718
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -24.570942
Long: 149.969301
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:16-July-1986
Actual Event End Date:16-July-1986


Front Inscription

Moura Underground No 4 Disaster 

In memory of the twelve men who lost their lives on 16th July, 1986

Brandt Afton Fechner                   18 years    Leigh Anthony McCulloch   23 years
Carl Steivon Friske                       25 years   Scott Kenneth McPherson  22 years
Raymond Charles Phillip Holton  37 years    Paul Allan Sainsbury           23 years
Steven Craig Hull                         19 years    Ernest Kevin Sleep             57 years
Ronald Kevin Keyworth                53 years    Robert Turner                     41 years
Paul Douglas Laing                     28 years     Peter Vincent Waning         35 years

Rest In Peace



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