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The tombstone erected by the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society commemorates Modesto Varischetti who was trapped in a mine for nine days in 1907. Varischetti died from fibrosis in 1920.

Modesto Varischetti was a gold miner in Western Australia who was trapped in a gold mine for nine days after a thunderstorm flooded the mine in March 1907. Varischetti survived in an air pocket until he was rescued. The gold mine was located at Bonnievale near Coolgardie, Western Australia.

A chance remark by the mine manager`s son to use a diver triggered a dramatic rescue which involved two divers, Hughes and Kearn, and Herbert Hoover a mine enginer later to become President of the United States. The nearest air hose long enough to reach Varischetti was in Fremantle, 560 kilometres away. The West Australian government ordered a special train, the "Rescue Special", which cut nearly two hours off the 12-hour run to Coolgardie, setting a world record for the distance.

A diver using a long air hose and deep-sea diving equipment first reached Varischetti five days after the flooding and provided the trapped miner with food, candles and letters of encouragement.


Address:Memorial Drive, Kalgoorlie Cemetery , Kalgoorlie, 6430
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.739233
Long: 121.454024
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:19-March-1920
Actual Event End Date:28-March-1920


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1987
Front Inscription

Modesto Varischetti  

Born 24. 10. 1874 Gorno Italy
Died 3. 9. 1920     Kalgoorlie WA

Entombed by floodwaters underground at the Westralia Gold Mine Bonnievale

19. 3. 1907 - 28. 3. 1907

Erected 1987 by the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society 


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