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Life at the edge

Mines and Miners

 

How the Men were Paid

Click to see a larger version of this imageearly miners waiting to be paid outside of Levant counthouse

Many underground miners were paid based on the amount of ground they had broken, measured monthly.


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Stopers

Click to see a larger version of this imagestoper drilling a stope with a compressed air drill

The stoper was responsible for extracting the minerals from the lode.


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Developers

Click to see a larger version of this imagedeveloper using a compressed air drill underground

Miners known as Developers worked in pairs to drill a pattern of holes into the tunnel face using drills powered by compressed-air.   


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Grizzly men

Click to see a larger version of this imagegrizzley man hit rock with a 'big hit' hammer on grizzly grid

A grizzly is a grid of iron bars that allows ore of the correct size to travel down the ore pass to the bottom of the mine, ready for hoisting to the surface.


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Comment left by Jan Sominka on 2010-05-13 19:33:37

Just noticed the photograph in the stoping section. Can you confirm if this is Wawrzyniec Sominka (Johnny), my father. Thanks Jan GEEVOR REPLY......... yes , this is johnny, if you would like a copy of the photo please contact Nick Thomas at Geevor Tin Mine on 01736 788662. We also have information on ..Lucia Zbyszek Sominka

Comment left by Emily on 2010-10-02 22:58:55

This page os alright but it doesn't say about the different types of jobs!!

 

Comment left by :) :) x on 2011-10-06 18:23:38

it is good information but i don't know what a trammer is so if possible you explain it in a more simple way.

 

Comment left by jojo! on 2011-10-08 13:16:25

could do with more information on the pumpmen like what more they did.

 

Comment left by Tom Gowans on 2011-12-15 11:36:16

Thank you for this information. I have just finished reading a truly excellent book, 'The Power of One' by Bryce Courtenay the last part of which describes his year spent working as a Grizzly man in the then Northern Rhodesian copper mines. Sounds like a tough and dangerous occupation. Now that I have seen your photo, I understand it better.

 

Comment left by Graham on 2012-06-16 22:01:38

done some grizzly work myself thought my arms where going to drop off at the end of shift!!

 

Comment left by Sandra on 2012-12-01 21:40:00

Very good got lots of info and made me think about making my own like it thankyou very much for this experiance!

 

Comment left by sara on 2012-12-09 13:10:44

I looked up this site for the same reason, I just read the great book The Power of One..this picture really explains it, it looks really terrible and dangerous

 

Comment left by Tony Clifford on 2014-04-02 09:10:57

An extremely useful summary of a complex subject. Thank you.

 

Comment left by Polo on 2015-06-20 16:06:37

Mr Ken Gilbert made a famous comment when asked how many people worked at Geevor - "About half of them" he always said!

 

Comment left by pete on 2017-02-15 20:10:58

i teach a english clas and i am teaching a book about this. it is good. thanks.

 

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