Coal Mining Fatalities

This database contains 2497 known Nova Scotia coal mining fatalities. Names, dates, places, mines, and causes of death have been painstakingly compiled. Despite this, it is by no means a complete list. Fatalities occurred before records were kept; descriptions of incidents and those involved were lost along with coal company records. Official recording of multiple deaths may have missed some names; in some cases, names are misspelled. However, this is likely the most complete list that exists. Please contact us if you know names to add.

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Surname Given Name(s) Yearsort descending County Mine Cause
Ross Alexander 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Methane explosion
Winter Edward 1872 Cumberland Victoria; or Cape Breton County Fall of coal
MacDougall Anthony 1872 Cape Breton County Lorway Crushed by cage
McInnis John 1872 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Lammond James 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall of stone
McCormack Angus 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall of stone
Sumners William 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fell down shaft
Leadbeater John 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
Reeves James 1872 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Mirtan William 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
Campbell David 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Methane explosion
Carmichael Charles 1872 Cape Breton County Gowrie Crushed by machinery
MacIver Norman 1872 Cape Breton County Victoria Fall of roof coal
Sinclair John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Dunn Philip 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Manning John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Elliott John T 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McLeod Oliver 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Andrews William 1873 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
Elliott William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Downie John 1873 Cape Breton County International Run over by train
Ellis John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Lyall Matthew 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McLean Joseph 1873 Cape Breton County International Crushed by train
Howatt Timothy 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Kingou James 1873 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Smith Angus 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McElvie John Sr 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Neville john 1873 Cape Breton County International Crushed by train
Emery John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Turnbull William 1873 Pictou County Vale Under a falling derrick
McElvie John Jr 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Ryan Alexander 1873 Cape Breton County Lingan Fall of coal
Chisholm Colin C. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McNeal David 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Ruddick Edward 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Dalling James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McNeal John Jr. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Freeman Henry 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Murray Alexander 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Halliday Duncan 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
MacDonald Daniel 1873 Pictou County Vale Crushed by coal tubs
Burney George 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McGillivray Hugh 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Purvis Alexander Jr. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Burns Edward 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Cameron Archibald 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
MacKinnon Donald 1873 Pictou County Foord pit Fall of coal
McPherson James Jr. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Cameron Kenneth 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion

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