The Queensland Government has announced a Miners Memorial Day to commemorate the lives of more than 1450 miners who died in mining tragedies that touch on three different centuries of mining in Queensland.
Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson, in Townsville for the mining industry’s annual health and safety conference, said Miners Memorial Day would be held on the anniversary of the worst mining disaster in Queensland’s history.
On the 19th September, 1921, 75 miners lost their lives in a coal dust explosion at Mount Mulligan in far north Queensland.
Minister Wilson said the inaugural Miners Memorial Day would be held in the Roma Street Parklands in Brisbane, the state’s capital.
“On this day we will remember the Mount Mulligan miners and we will remember the miners of Box Flat, Kianga, Collinsville and Moura, and all miners who have lost their lives since mining began in Queensland in the 1800s,” he said.
“Their deaths are 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.
“Mining has helped forge our strong economy. From the gold rush days of the 1800s, mining has become a multi billion dollar industry that is powering the state.
“And while we enjoy the benefits of the resources boom, we should reflect on how we got here and at what price – that’s what Miners Memorial Day is all about.”