Blasting out: explosives practices in Queensland metalliferous mines, 1870-1920

Wegner, Jan Helen (2010) Blasting out: explosives practices in Queensland metalliferous mines, 1870-1920. Australian Economic History Review, 50 (2). pp. 193-208.

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The use of explosives in mines in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was notoriously unsafe. In Queensland's underground metalliferous mines, explosive practices could be dangerous not only because of the attitudes of miners and managers, but because of problems inherent to the technology, conditions underground, economic fluctuations, and the persistence of outmoded practices. Some limited specialisation of labour occurred in the interests of safety, and although newer technology had the potential to deskill the work of miners, these developments were quite dissimilar to the highly specialised work practices that were adopted for large-scale mining in the United States during the same period.

Item ID: 11631
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-8446
Keywords: explosives; mining; Queensland; technology
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2010 04:35
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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