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Moose River Gold Mine Disaster

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Disaster Timeline
1. After studying the disaster and rescue at the Moose River Gold mine in April, 1936, construct a time-line of this historic event, including at least 15 points.
Disaster at Moose River Gold Mine
The gold mine cave-in at Moose River, Nova Scotia, became famous around the world.
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Westray Mine and Moose River Gold Mine Disasters
2. Compare and contrast the disaster and rescue at the Westray Mine (1992) with the Moose River Gold Mine disaster in 1936. Using these two mining disasters as examples, explain at least one safety precaution or regulation which was not followed in either mine. Why do you think it is difficult for us to learn from our mistakes?
Introduction
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Rescue Workers
3. After considering the roles of various people and groups during the Moose River Gold Mine disaster, if you had been there, how would you have made a contribution in the rescue attempt? Would you have been a nurse or doctor in the field hospital set up near the mine? A Salvation Army volunteer making and serving food to the miners and others at the rescue site? A newspaper reporter filing stories each day? A miner digging the escape tunnel? Use your imagined skills and hard work ethic to help rescue the trapped men. Describe what you did and how you felt as the days unfolded.
Moose River Rescue
Photograph of a group of rescuers standing next to a pond.
A group of rescuers standing next to a pond and the collapsed earth above the cave-in at the Moose River Gold Mine, 1936.

J.C.M. Hayward


NSA Catherine Godwin no. 2

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Are They Still Alive?
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Broadcasting to the World
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Communication with the Surface
Photograph of a group of men gathered around Allister Bowman, listening to the men trapped in the mine.
Maritime Tel & Tel employee J. Allister Bowman using earphones to listen for word from the trapped men who used a microphone lowered down a 120’ borehole to communicate with the surface. MT&T making such a small microphone in such a short time was an impressive achievement.

Photograph by Allen Fraser.


Nova Scotia Archives, N-318

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The Support Team
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Learning Objectives

1. Students communicate ideas and information clearly and effectively.
(English Language Arts, Grades 7-12)

2. Students demonstrate and analyze linkages between a region’s natural geology and its resource base.
(Geography, Grade 11)

3. Students demonstrate an understanding of the past and how it affects the future.
(Canadian History, Grade 11; Social Studies, Grades 7-12)

4. Students demonstrate an understanding of the connection between physical and cultural landscapes and the shaping of the Canadian identity.
(Geography, Grade 12)

5. Students use written and other ways of representation to explain, clarify and reflect on their feelings, experiences and learnings, and to use their imaginations.
(English Language Arts, Grades 7-12)