When a fatality occurred in a Nova Scotia coal mine, part of the gathering of evidence to determine the cause was a detailed drawing of the location where the body was found and including any and all features in the immediate vicinity underground. Our collection contains 60 such plans, some including multiple fatalities. They represent only a fraction of the investigations that took place and span the years 1927 to 1953.
We thought that some people researching family or coal mining history may be interested in these and so have made digital copies available.
Download the PDF below to see the names, dates, and mines for these maps. Contact us to request a digital copy.
Names of Pictou County Coal Mine fatalities having investigation drawings (PDF 150 KB)
Here is a sampling of some of the plans available:
Plan Showing Where Kenneth H. Skidmore Met With Fatal Accident in Acadia No 7 Colliery / June 4, 1942. N.W. McLeod. MOI Collection I97.30 plan 015. The plan shows where a pile of stone killed a mine worker.
Plan Showing Where Wallace Keddy Met With Fatal Accident in Allan Mine, Nov. 5, 1942. N.W. McLeod. MOI Collection I97.30 plan 051. Mr. Keddy died from a fall of stone from the coal face where coal was being mined.
Plan Showing Where William Munsie Met With Fatal Accident in McGregor Mine / May 13, 1943. N.W. MacLeod, Chief Surveyor of A.C. Co. MOI Collection I97.30 plan 055. Mr. Munsie was crushed between a box and a steel boom. A box is a small open container on wheels into which miners shovelled the coal they mined to transport it to the surface.