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Dave Stevenson - Eastwood Coal Mines and Watnall Brickworks
Clinton Ross - Great Site
Leonard (Spike) Jones - Many Thanks
Gerard MacGill - Are miners as artist a rare phenomenon?
Ken Wilcox - I worked in the Welsh Coal Field from 63 to 87
Walter Fowler
- Coal Cleaning

Name: Clinton Ross
10 August 2004 05:56
Subject: My father worked in the last pick and shovel coal mine in Australia

Your coal mining site is close to the best I have seen - well researched and presented. I will be back to have another look when I have more time. I grew up in Howard on the Burrum coalfields in Queensland , Australia - I have an extensive collection on the Burrum coalfields which I hope to get online one day. I am secretary of the Burrum District Heritage Society. My father worked underground most of his life - he worked in the last pick and shovel coal mine in Australia - Burgowan no. 13 until 1975 - he later worked in Moura no 4 & no 2 underground mines and retired after the last explosion which closed the No. 2 mine in 1994.

Best wishes

Clinton Ross

The Moura Mine, located in the Bowen Basin in Queensland, established a commercial coal mine methane business next to its coal mining operations in 1996.

Name: Leonard (Spike) Jones.
Date: 31 July 04

Subject: Many Thanks


Thank you Fionn for a great website that has kept me interested for many hours, and a special mention to those well researched stories By John Lumsdon, Thank you John.

This site has given me a great appreciation of how my coal mining ancestors lived in the North East.

Please keep up the good work.

Are miners as artist a rare phenomenon?
Gerard MacGill
12 April 2004

As an expat Geordie whose Grandad, and many other of my maternal relatives, spent much of their lives digging coal at the Rising Sun colliery at Wallsend, I am familiar with the Ashington school of miner painters. I also know of Cornish, another northerner. I was fascinated three years ago to come across the Japanese miner artist Sakube, who did hundreds of paintings depicting life in the Chikuho coalfield of the early 1900s. I have not, however, come across other examples of the miner-as-artist and wonder if this is as rare a phenomenon as it seems to be. Perhaps you would care to comment on that?

Re the Royal Commission reports, which are so wonderfully illustrated. I posted a query to the mining history list some time ago asking if anyone knew the name of the artist. I had seen a reference to the name Binney, but no-one could confirm this.

I would like to make a presentation on this subject at the Australian Mining History Association conference in Newcastle, NSW in July. I have relatives who went out to the Hunter Valley coalfields in the 1920s and promptly named places after Tyneside and other Northumberland towns.

Do you know whether the mining artist Dave Sawyer is a former miner? I couldn't see a link to him personally.

Any comments greatly appreciated.

Regards and thanks. Gerard

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I worked in the Welsh Coal Field from 63 to 87
Ken Wilcox
Sun 11/01/2004

Hello, I saw you website, it is very good. I worked in the Welsh coal field from 63 to 87. Was involved in the outburst of gas in Cynheidre Colliery and worked in the Morlais Colliery (steam winder) all gone now.
Regards Ken Wilcox
S. Wales

Cynheidre Colliery

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Coal Cleaning
Walter Fowler
Thu 04 September 2003
The separation of coal from heavier material, was done in a medium of S.G 1.4 or above, not in water as suggested. Water was used in the Baum box system, but the separation in this case was assisted with air pulsations, causing a jigging motion, so separating the heavier material from the lighter material.
I was Coal Prep Plant Manager for several years, we used a medium of 1.4 and 1.7 S.G., I had previously worked on the old Baum Box System, which was outdated by medium separation,

Walter Fowler. (Ex Plant Manager Haunchwood, Snibston and Baddesley Collieries. South Midlands Area)