Mining Disaster, Two Miners Killed, Two Others Mutilated

The Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW) reported on Monday 3 April 1893

‘The Lucknow gold mine, in the Orange district, has been again the scene of a shocking disaster.’

‘Thomas Nicholls and Francis Dobson, both miners, were boring by hand preparatory to putting in a shot, when it is supposed that they came on a missed shot. A terrific explosion immediately followed. They were working in the main shaft, and so got the full force of the upheaval. Both Nicholls and Dobson were killed instantly. The latter, indeed, was blown to atoms, while the former’s head was blown off.’

‘Two others, Thomas Dobson and Richard Bond, were somewhat more fortunate, though they are seriously injured and mutilated.’

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Gold Discovery

The Lucknow goldfield was discovered in 1851. The Wentworth Main Mine is located on the eastern side of Lucknow village. Visit this historic minng site, take a walking tour around the site and see the relics of past mining heritage and continue with tour of Lucknow historic village.