Nova Scotia Archives

Des hommes et des mines

Une histoire de l'exploitation minière en Nouvelle-Écosse de 1720 à 1992


Nova Scotia Mine Fatalities, 1838-1992

The searchable database presented here is based on two fatality lists compiled originally by the Nova Scotia Department of Mines and Energy. These lists have been classified as the 'Mine Injuries and Fatalities' series, in the Department of Labour fonds held at Nova Scotia Archives (RG 19, vol. 4, no. 5 and vol. 5, no. 2; mfm.15675). They appear to have been compiled from names recorded over the years in the Annual Reports of the Nova Scotia Department of Mines.

Many additional information sources for mine and quarry fatalities in Nova Scotia have been identified and reviewed as part of this project, in order to expand the scope and time-coverage provided by the two foundation lists. (Click here for a list of our sources.) Other similar listings are known to exist privately in the province; one of them, compiled and made available to us by Mary Willa Littler of Springhill, NS, covers the years 1876-1994 and has enabled us to add valuable information on mine fatalities from the Springhill area.

The database now contains 2,584 entries and is searchable on the name of the deceased, date of death, cause of death, name of mine (where known), type of mine, and location (community and/or county) in Nova Scotia. Only 7 names have been identified for the years prior to 1866.

Name Date Cause Mine County Type
Conn, James 15 1838-07 Explosion of gas GMA Store Pit Pictou County Coal
Lowe, William 15 1838-07 Explosion of gas GMA Store Pit Pictou County Coal
Redpath, George 15 1858-08-11 Explosion of gas GMA's Cage Pit Pictou County Coal
Russell 15 1858-08-11 Afterdamp GMA's Cage Pit Pictou County Coal
McKenzie, Daniel 15 1861-05 Explosion of gas Bye Pit Pictou County Coal
Roach, William 15 1861-05 Explosion of gas Bye Pit Pictou County Coal
Robertson, James 15 1861-05 Explosion of gas Bye Pit Pictou County Coal
Jose, Henry 13 1865-11-10 Fall down shaft Albion Mine Pictou County Coal
McCarney 15 1866-01 Fell 15 ft. and struck a timber Acadia Coal Co. Pictou County Coal
Mahoney, Patrick 3 1866-09-26 Fall of coal Albion Mine Pictou County Coal
McGilchrist, John 2 1866-11-28 Crushed by machinery Albion Mine Pictou County Coal
McLean, Alex 2 1866-12-20 Explosion of gas Albion Mine Pictou County Coal
McLean, John 3 1866-09-26 Fall of coal Albion Mine Pictou County Coal
Burke, William 3 1866-09-06 Fall of picks in shaft Caledonia Mine Cape Breton County Coal
Bowers 3 1866-10-11 Fall of earth Lawrencetown Halifax County Gold


For more information view the Sources of Information page.


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