Funeral procession for two miners killed in accident in the Crown Mine, December 1903
Headline was “Sensational Mining Accident” - Try getting that printed these days!
“WAIHI, December 7. This afternoon a sensational mining accident occurred at Karangahake. Two men, named Middleton and McColl, engaged in the shaft of the Crown mine, were killed outright. The men were working in the bottom of the shaft, when a truck of quartz from the upper level crashed on top of them. Their bodies, when recovered, were terribly crushed and mutilated.
It appears that the man in the upper level, thinking the cage was in the shaft to receive the loaded truck, wheeled it into the empty shaft.”