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A group gathers for the inquest into the Levant Mine disaster at the Accounts Office (large building centre right), converted into the Court House for the occasion. The accident happened 20.10.1919 when an engine failed and crashed down through the man-engine shaft with casualties of some thirty one men. The man in mid centre of photograph is carrying a broad-bladed shovel used for 'vanning', a process used to assay tin content in a sample, much like gold panning.The chimney stack centre right belonged to the arsenic removal stage of operations.

Assembling For The 1919 Levant Inquest

Record Number: PEZPH : 1990.1113
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Brief description: A group gathers for the inquest into the Levant Mine disaster at the Accounts Office (large building centre right), converted into the Court House for the occasion. The accident happened 20.10.1919 when an engine failed and crashed down through the man-engine shaft with casualties of some thirty one men. The man in mid centre of photograph is carrying a broad-bladed shovel used for 'vanning', a process used to assay tin content in a sample, much like gold panning.The chimney stack centre right belonged to the arsenic removal stage of operations.
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