Photographs of
Westville
Miners Memorial
Monument

To the memory of those who lost their lives
in the Drummond Colliery
13 May 1873

This monument is the oldest and tallest
outside of a cemetery in Nova Scotia.


Officially unveiled 22 October 1891




Westville
Pictou County
Nova Scotia

Location: Acadia Park in downtown Westville

GPS location:   45°33'27"N   62°42'43"W



Westville: Acadia Park entrance


Westville: Miners Memorial 1891, west face
West face
Westvill: Miners Memorial 1891, south face
South face


Westville: Miners Memorial 1891, west face
West face


Westville: Miners Memorial 1891, west face detail
West face detail


Westville: Miners Memorial 1891, south face
South face


Westville: Miners Memorial 1891, east face
East face


Westville: Miners Memorial 1891, west face
West face


Westville: Miners Memorial Westvill: Miners Memorial


Westville: Miners Memorial Westvill: Miners Memorial


The above photographs were taken on 5 May 2003.





Acadia Park
Westville

Westville Acadia Park


Westville Acadia Park: Westville fire department


Westville Acadia Park: Westville miners


Westville: mural as seen from Acadia Park
This mural was painted on the back of the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission building
by Colin Cook in 1997. It shows the Acadia Colliery as it looked many years ago.
Acadia Park Town of Westville
http://www.townofwestville.ca/a_park.htm




The above photographs were taken on 5 May 2003.






Links to Relevant Websites

Westville Miners Memorial
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~nspictou/minewest.htm


The Drummond Colliery Disaster 1873 Newspaper clipping, 17 May 1873
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~nspictou/mine_drum_pw.htm


Drummond Colliery Explosion 13 May 1873
Nova Scotia Department of Mines Report
http://www.mininghistory.ns.ca/nsdm/dm187306.htm


... I arrived at the Drummond Colliery about 2p.m. on the 13th inst.
and found dense volumes of smoke issuing from the natural exits
of the mine, precluding the possibility of saving life by means of
those exits.  Hearing that cries for help had been heard from the
pumping pit, Mr. Hudson and I went there.  On our arrival we found
one man, (James Dunstan) being hauled up in a bucket by manual
power. After which, other two were drawn up.  Then four volunteers
descended to prepare the way for larger gangs of men to search for
any who might yet be alive in the mine.  Mr. Hudson and I had
determined to explore the pit with the hopes of saving life, and
were waiting for our safety lamps and the report of the volunteer
Burns as to the state of the bottom of the pit, when, as Burns was
being drawn up, one of the most terrific explosions I have ever
seen took place casting up the man and the bucket and
overthrowing the gin and parts about the pit.

"overthrowing the gin" — "gin" means engine, a word that then
was used as a general term meaning any kind of machine.
Here, "overthrowing the gin" means the hoist or winch
was severely damaged.

The plan of the workings which we were studying at the time, was torn
in our hands by the falling debris.  After witnessing this explosion and the
subsequent ones, I became convinced that every soul in the mine was
lost, and to pursue further investigation in the mine was utterly useless.
I then consulted with the other mining engineers present, as to the best
and quickest mode of recovering the bodies, extinguishing the fire, and
saving property.  We, with one consent, determined to inundate the mine,
which we attempted to accomplish by diverting the neighbouring brooks
and applying every available volume of water.  After further consultation,
it was determined, that the most effectual means of checking the fire,
was by closing all the downcast approaches to the mine which carried
air to the flames.  This we commenced to do after telegraphing to the
Government Inspector of Mines for his authority...

The Wayback Machine
has archived copies of this webpage from the early days:
Drummond Colliery Explosion
13 May 1873

Nova Scotia Department of Mines Annual Report, 1873

Archived: 2005 October 26
http://web.archive.org/web/20051026164731/http://www.mininghistory.ns.ca/nsdm/dm187306.htm

Archived: 2006 January 10
http://web.archive.org/web/20060110222655/http://www.mininghistory.ns.ca/nsdm/dm187306.htm

Archived: 2006 June 14
http://web.archive.org/web/20060614043205/http://www.mininghistory.ns.ca/nsdm/dm187306.htm

Archived: 2006 December 17
http://web.archive.org/web/20061217130329/http://www.mininghistory.ns.ca/nsdm/dm187306.htm



Historical Images of Westville A superb online collection of
92 historical scenes of Westville, mostly old postcards,
including a dozen views of the Drummond Colliery.

    http://www.westville.ca/postcard/


Westville
    http://www.tourismpictoucounty.com/pages/westville.html


Photograph: Drummond Colliery, Westville
    http://www.cambriapublishing.com/gallery/mines/westville1.html


Photograph: Pit pony and miner in a mine in Nova Scotia, August 1946
The last working pit pony was brought out of the Drummond Coal Company
colliery at Westville, Nova Scotia, in 1978.
    http://www.archives.ca/05/0516/05_man_made/display/05160508_e.html


Coal in Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, 1995
    http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/meb/is/is08.htm






The postcard below was bought 8 June 2004 on the Internet, from Victoria, British Columbia.
The publisher and date are not known.  There is no postmark on this unused card.
Westville Miners Monument, early 1900s
Westville Miners Monument, early 1900s.


The Wayback Machine
has archived copies of this webpage from the early days:
Nova Scotia Coal Miners Tribute Pages

Archived: 2007 May 14
http://web.archive.org/web/20070514153918/http://thepitsofcapebreton.com/cb.html

Archived: 2007 September 30
http://web.archive.org/web/20070930224705/http://thepitsofcapebreton.com/cb.html

Archived: 2008 January 11
http://web.archive.org/web/20080111015435/http://thepitsofcapebreton.com/cb.html

Archived: 2008 April 15
http://web.archive.org/web/20080415104738/thepitsofcapebreton.com/cb.html





Photographs of War Memorials, Historic Monuments and Plaques in Nova Scotia
    http://ns1763.ca/remem/plaques.html



Westville war memorial Westville war memorial Westville
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/westwarmem.html


New Glasgow: Westray Miners Memorial Park Westray Miners Memorial Park New Glasgow
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/westraymem.html


Trenton: Workers Monument Workers Monument Trenton
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/trentwrkm.html


Inverness coal miners memorial Inverness coal miners monument Inverness
    http://ns1763.ca/inverco/invminemem.html


Stellarton: Sobeys Industrial Monument Sobeys Industrial Monument Stellarton
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/sobeyindmon.html


Stellarton war memorial Stellarton war memorial Stellarton
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/stellarwar.html


New Glasgow: War memorial monument New Glasgow war memorial New Glasgow
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/newglaswar.html


New Glasgow: Pictou Highlanders obelisk Pictou Highlanders obelisk New Glasgow
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/picthighlanders.html


Admiral Murray monument Admiral Murray monument Pictou Landing
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/admmurray.html


Walmsley Lodge 1785 monument Walmsley Lodge 1785 monument Pictou Landing
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/masonic1st.html


Little Harbour: 82nd Regiment 1779-1783, plaque 82nd Regiment 1779-1783, plaque Little Harbour
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/littlehbrm.html


Stellarton WW1 memorial plaque Stellarton WW1 memorial plaque Stellarton
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/stellarplqww1.html


Admiral Leonard Murray memorial Admiral Leonard Murray memorial Pictou
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/murraymemorial.html


Pictou County Acadians, River John Pictou County Acadians, 1700s River John
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/rjohn-pcacc.html


Pictou County Acadians, Caribou Island Pictou County Acadians, 1700s Caribou Island
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/caribacadsign.html


Caribou Island war memorial Baird Family memorial Caribou Island
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/caribouwarm.html


Pictou: Dawson plaques Dawson plaques Pictou
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/dawsonplqs.html


River John: War memorial monument River John war memorial River John
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/riverjohn.html


River John: Legion Remembrance Gardens Legion Remembrance Gardens River John
    http://ns1763.ca/pictouco/rijohnrg.html


Springhill: war memorial Springhill war memorial Springhill
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/sprhillwarm.html


Antigonish Memorial Field Memorial Field Antigonish
    http://ns1763.ca/antgnco/antigonishwwtwo.html


Cross Roads Country Harbour war memorial Cross Roads Country Harbour war memorial Cross Roads Country Harbour
    http://ns1763.ca/guysbco/crossroads-ch.html


Moose River Gold Mine Moose River Gold Mine collapse Moose River Gold Mines
    http://ns1763.ca/hfxrm/moosegoldm.html


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    http://newscotland1398.ca/hist/nshistory01.html

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    http://newscotland1398.ca/hist/nshistory00.html#ns-historical-biog

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    http://planter2010.ca/proc/proclamations-ndx.html

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    http://ns1763.ca/law/ns-statutes1805-titlepg.html

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First uploaded to the Internet:   2003 May 11
New photographs installed:   2003 October 28
Old postcard installed:   2004 June 21
Latest update:   2011 January 02