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Surface Workers, Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1890s

Surface Workers, Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1890s


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Surface Workers, Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1890s

Dolcoath Mine showing the New East shaft on the right, with bal maidens and overseer. Part of the A.K. Hamilton Jenkin collection. Photographer: Unknown

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TRURI : MIdol.65

Media ID 14714090

© From the collection of the RIC

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This print from the late 1890s transports us back to a pivotal era in Cornwall's rich mining history. The image showcases the surface workers of Dolcoath Mine, one of the region's most prominent and productive mines during that time. Standing proudly beside the New East shaft on the right, we see a group of bal maidens - hardworking women who tirelessly processed and sorted valuable minerals extracted from deep underground. In this snapshot, an overseer can be seen closely observing their work, ensuring efficiency and adherence to strict safety protocols. Their presence underscores the importance placed on maintaining order within this bustling industrial setting. The imposing industrial buildings surrounding them serve as a reminder of the immense engineering feats required to extract precious resources from beneath Cornwall's rugged terrain. The miners themselves are absent from this particular scene; however, their tireless efforts would have been instrumental in driving forward Cornwall's mining industry during this period. This photograph is part of the esteemed A. K. Hamilton Jenkin collection at Royal Cornwall Museum, showcasing his dedication to preserving Cornish heritage for future generations. As we gaze upon this remarkable piece of history frozen in time, it serves as a poignant testament to both human resilience and ingenuity amidst challenging working conditions. It offers us a glimpse into an era defined by grit and determination - where men and women labored side by side, shaping not only Cornwall's landscape but also its identity as an epicenter for mining excellence.

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