Collinsville remembers fallen miners

THE coal mining town of Collinsville in Queensland held a memorial service on Saturday to commemorate the lives of 26 miners who died on the Collinsville coal fields.
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Courtesy Bowen Shire.

Angie Tomlinson

Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson said the tragic loss of lives on the Collinsville coal fields was a sad part of Queensland's collective history.

"And the history of workers, their struggle, and sadly the ultimate sacrifice of workers, should never be forgotten," Wilson said.

Fifty-three years ago to the day on Saturday, seven miners lost their lives in the Collinsville disaster. It was the worst coal mining accident in Queensland since the 1921 Mount Mulligan disaster and it remained so for 18 years, until an underground explosion at Box Flat in 1972.

"We must never forget our history. It's important that we remember, so that when we hold it up to the light, years later, we can then tell our children of the sacrifices made by the men and women who worked in our mines," Wilson said.

"We must never forget those sacrifices. It is for this reason that a commemoration day is held each year on the 13th of October. We remember the seven people who died that night in 1954.

"And we remember all 26 mine workers who have lost their lives in this community since mining began in 1919."

The names of the 26 miners who lost their lives in mining accidents on the Collinsville coal fields were read out during the service.

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