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
McNamara William 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
Nearing John 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
Bonar John 1877 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone
Ferguson David 1877 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Run over by counter balance
Burchell John 1877 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fell down shaft
McDonald J. R. 1877 Pictou County Foord pit Fall of roof
Holland Guthrie 1878 Pictou County Foord pit Fall of roof stone
Watts Alexander 1878 Inverness Port Hood Explosion of steam boiler; 1 of 2 killed
Strong William H. 1878 Cumberland Springhill Killed on surface
Gillies Angus 1878 Inverness Port Hood Explosion of steam boiler; 1 of 2 killed
Greenwell Isaac 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Hutcheson Robert 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Colin Francis 1878 Pictou County Acadia Run over by pit tub
McDonald Murdoch 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
McNeil Roderick 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Millville Edward 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Oram William 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Russell Robert M. 1879 Pictou County Acadia Collapse of coal storage structure
Christopher George 1879 Pictou County Vale Rope broke while on loaded tubs
Hall Edward 1879 Cape Breton County Lingan Empty horse wagon ran away
Boutilier W. 1879 Cape Breton County Reserve Taking down coal loosened by shot
McNaughton John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Turner James 1880 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Dunbar Charles 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Murdock William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McElvie Hugh 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Dunbar William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Ryan John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Fraser James W. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Crawford John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Haddon Henry 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McGillivray Angus 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Carr John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Cummings Daniel 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Nearing Joseph 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McInnis John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Cummings John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McInnis Peter 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Savage Edward 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McKay Thomas 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Lycom Charles 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
McKay Angus 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Mitchell James 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Benoit Merle 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Burkett "young" 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Roberts John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Morrison Laughlin 1880 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Sullivan Thomas 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McKinnon Rod #1 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Morrison John #1 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion

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