Mount Kembla Colliery Disaster, 31 July, 1902: report of the Royal Commission

At 2pm on July 31, 1902, Mt. Kembla colliery exploded, killing 96 men and boys. The Royal Commission into the disaster confirmed that gas and coal-dust were responsible for the explosion, and found that the only thing that could have avoided the explosion was the substitution of naked lights with safety lamps.

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