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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 Tee - Yaa on 2009-11-10 17:48:08

good website not very educaational i think there should be more about the history of the mine

Comment left by Sam Scantlebury on 2010-06-27 18:13:58

Fantastic website, more archival info and photos' please.

 

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