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
Leadbeater John 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
Carmichael Charles 1872 Cape Breton County Gowrie Crushed by machinery
Reeves James 1872 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
MacIver Norman 1872 Cape Breton County Victoria Fall of roof coal
Campbell David 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Methane explosion
Mirtan William 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
McLean Angus 1872 Cape Breton County Gowrie Run over by wagon
Winter Edward 1872 Cape Breton County Victoria Fall of roof coal; possibly in Cumberland County
Winter Edward 1872 Cumberland Victoria; or Cape Breton County Fall of coal
Ross Alexander 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Methane explosion
MacDougall Anthony 1872 Cape Breton County Lorway Crushed by cage
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
Emery John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Martell Charles 1873 Cape Breton County Caledonia Crushed by wagons
Chisholm Colin C. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Dalling James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McElvie John Sr 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Freeman Henry 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
McElvie John Jr 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Halliday Duncan 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McNeal John Jr. 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
Burns Edward 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Murray Alexander 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Cameron Archibald 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Bennett John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
MacKinnon Donald 1873 Pictou County Foord pit Fall of coal
McGillivray Hugh 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Purvis Alexander Jr. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Cameron Kenneth 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Taylor John 1873 Pictou County Vale Fall with tub in slope
McPherson James Jr. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Gillis Hugh 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Sinclair John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Collin Andrew 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Ramsey James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McRae Duncan 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McRichey John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McIsaac Malcolm 1873 Pictou County Foord pit Crushed by coal tubs
Glenwright Thomas 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Smith Angus 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Campbell Harvey 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Turnbull William 1873 Pictou County Vale Under a falling derrick
Campbell John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Richardson Joseph 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Shaw Donald 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion

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