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KAITANGATA MINE DISASTER
CASUALTIES

The Death Roll of the Kaitangata Mine Disaster
from The Evening Post, 22 February 1879.

The following is the roll of the dead:-

( PRESS ASSOCIATION )

It is stated that Mr. Twinning, a professional coal viewer, examined the mine last week and no later than yesterday told one of the directors that all the ventilation arrangements were perfect; and everything in excellent order in the mine. He cannot possibly conceive how the accident occurred. He went to Kaitangata today, and has superintended the arrangements for getting the men out.

LATEST -(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT)

The bodies of all (35 men) who were in the mine have been recovered. About one hundred children have been rendered fatherless by the mishap. William Hay who was the second brought out was on his knees and face hands when found, as if groping to avoid the fire-damp.

William Hodge was found sitting, with his head on one of his hands, as if he had been caught by the blast while thinking. Cuming was lying across Hodge's feet. The five men brought out were all found lying on the ground - one on his face and the other with his hands to his face; two appeared to have struggled hard. The thirteen found in one place were all their faces, as if making outwards, and all appeared to have placed themselves in that position to avoid the after-damp except two who fell over the others' and could not raise themselves.


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