Miners Memorial Day
Miners Memorial Day shines a light on the most important aspect of mining—the safety and health of the men and women who work in Queensland mines. Since 2008, the Queensland Government, industry and unions have come together to honour the memory of miners who have lost their lives in Queensland's coal and metalliferous mines since mining began in the 19th century.
Every year on 19 September a service is held to mark the anniversary of the state's worst mining disaster. On this day in 1921, 75 miners lost their lives in a gas explosion in a coal mine at Mount Mulligan in North Queensland.
For families and friends of miners, the 2017 service marked the official opening of the State Miners Memorial Monument created by prominent artist Scott Maxwell at Redbank, Ipswich. Its location is a permanent and unique public park where visitors can pay their respects in remembrance of our fallen miners and reflect on the lessons learnt from their passing.