Brimstone: The North Lyell Mine Disaster
By Luke Scott
Published: October 1, 2012.
On Saturday, October 12, 1912, a suspicious fire broke out deep underground in a copper mine on Tasmania’s rugged west coast.
Fifty men were trapped below ground for five days, as a mammoth rescue effort was undertaken to free them. At the official inquiry, one man was accused of deliberately lighting the fire to avenge the death of his brother.