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The Mt Kembla Disaster

Piggin, Stuart and Lee, Henry

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ISBN 10: 0195534190 / ISBN 13: 9780195534191
Editorial: Sydney University Press in Association with Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, 1992
Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
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xi, 361 pp, 24 pp of b/w plates, maps, glossary, bibliography, index. Or brown cloth, in jacket. Minor impression on front jacket panel and underlying board. The book traces the events surrounding the explosion which killed 96 men at the Mt Kembla coal mine on 31 July 1902. Size: 8vo. N° de ref. de la librería 029527

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Título: The Mt Kembla Disaster

Editorial: Sydney University Press in Association with Oxford University Press, South Melbourne

Año de publicación: 1992

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Edición: First Edition.

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Sinopsis:

On July 31, 1902, the Mt. Kembla coal mine in southern New South Wales exploded, killing ninety-six men. It is the worst disaster to occur on land in Australia's history. The explosion took place during a time of social and industrial upheaval, when safety issues had become a bargaining point between management and miners. The NSW coal industry was slowly emerging from the 1890s depression, and the miners were testing their industrial strength in the Arbitration Court. This book is a rich social history which traces these events from the decades preceding the blast, the frenetic rescue operation and mass funerals, through the series of acrimonious legal inquiries, to the divisive relief effort and the continuing commemorating of the disaster by the community of Mt. Kembla. Piggin and Lee examine the disaster within the broader context of the social, political, and industrial systems in which it was set. They conclude that, contrary to the common view that such catastrophes result in positive change, the Mt. Kembla disaster had little long-term effect. The local community compensated for political inertia with an intense internalization of the trauma.

About the Author:

Stuart Piggin, Master of Robert Menzies College, Macquarie University, New South Wales. Henry Lee, Lecturer in History, University of Wollongong, New South Wales.

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