In between Greymouth and Punakaiki is this monument on top of a hill next to the main highway. The Strongman Mine was an underground coal mine north of Greymouth of New Zealand's west coast of the South Island that operated from 1938 until 2003.
On 19th January 1967 a gas explosion in the mine killed 19 miners. In 1994 the original mine was replaced by the Strongman 2 mine further up the Nine Mile Valley. This mine eventually closed in 2003.
The monument honours those who were killed in the disaster and acknowledges the 65 years of mining in the area.
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Sad memorial how close is it to the mine
A nice memorial for those who lost their lives.
...mining has always been a dangerous way to earn a living.
There have been mining disasters here too. It is no way to make a living.
So sad that technology not used to substitute manual labour in mines.
It must have been horrible.
Just some 40 km from here a mine broke down, too, maybe you know the Wonder of Lengede?
There is even a movie about it.
I just can't imagine mining. We lived in a coal mining town when I was a kid and the thought of even going into a mine scared me.
I vaguely remember the disaster. The memorial is on a lovely site. What a view
A great monument in a place with a wonderful view! It looks like it gets many visitors.
a sad occastion to remember
That's a beautiful location for the monument. Mining is a difficult and dangerous business.
Remembering this with sadness.....
Wow, so very powerful. Thanks for sharing this with us. #allseasons
Lovely look out but terrible tradgey. Must have devastated the community. Thanks for sharing with @Allseasons
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