THE Queensland coal mining town of Collinsville held a memorial service recently to commemorate the lives of 26 miners who died on the Collinsville coalfields.
Queensland Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson told the mining community that the tragic loss of lives on the Collinsville coalfields was a sad part of Queensland’s collective history.
“In 1954, seven miners lost their lives in a mining tragedy that touched the lives of everyone in the community,” he said.
The Collinsville disaster was the worst coal mining accident in Queensland since the 1921 Mount Mulligan disaster and it remained so for 18 years, until an underground explosion at Box Flat in 1972.
The names of the 26 miners who lost their lives in mining accidents on the Collinsville coalfields were read out during the service.