31 Jul 1902 - explosion at Mt Kembla Colliery

#OnThisDay 31 July 1902 an explosion at the Mount Kembla Colliery killed 95 people. A Royal Commission of Inquiry was appointed by Letters Patent in November 1902. It visited Mount Kembla to view the mine and take evidence from December to early 1903. The Commission concluded that the disaster was caused by an explosion of fire-damp and air, which in turn started a series of explosions of coal dust. The disaster was the worst peace-time disaster in Australia's history until the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria.


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Article 2 August 1092: Dreadful Explosion at Mount Kemla, The Illawarra Mercury


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