Brimstone: The North Lyell Mine Disaster

Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
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. More

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Words: 66,380
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301713073
About Luke Scott

Luke Scott is a former newspaper journalist, who splits his time between Launceston and Hobart in Tasmania.

As a cadet reporter at The Examiner Newspaper he helped cover the 2006 Beaconsfield rock fall which trapped miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb, and which killed their workmate Larry Knight.

Luke now works as a media advisor in Tasmania’s local government sector.

He is related to Eden Aloysius Hills, who was killed in the North Lyell mine in 1912.

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On October 12, 1912, a fire broke out in a remote mine on Tasmania's rugged west coast. The effort to rescue 50 men trapped below was unprecedented...

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Review by: Harris Smith on Dec. 10, 2012 :
Scott's used 100-year-old newspaper clippings to craft this story with authenticity, utilising long-running coverage of the Nth Lyell fire, rescue and inquisition that followed. Great work.

It's a real kick to read from papers at the peak of their power, with reporters spewing forth unapologetically lurid and overly dramatic prose and yielding this author a memorable account of corruption, sabotage, terror and the tight for truth in the process.
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(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Basement Book Clubbers 2012 VIII on Dec. 10, 2012 :
Yes, loved it. Dad was a miner on the Tasmanian West Cost many years ago and he died relatively young as did many. This book reminds you mining hasn't made any great leaps or bounds forward in an age of space travel and the net and these are the REAL hardworkers in life and they pay with their life when something goes wong. But what an inspirational rescue effort! Brimstone is an easy to ready book and one I recommend.
DrJonno557
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Basement Book Clubbers 2012 VIII on Dec. 10, 2012 :
Definitely one of the better non-fiction disaster books I've read and hope to see more from this talented storyteller. Great research undertaken to give you a front row seat at a disaster that made Beaconsfield look kind of easy.
Eve Dawson
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Basement Book Clubbers 2012 VIII on Dec. 10, 2012 :
Definitely one of the better non-fiction disaster books I've read and hope to see more from this talented storyteller. Great research undertaken to give you a front row seat at a disaster that made Beaconsfield look kind of easy.
Eve Dawson
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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