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Underground at Loftus Mine

Five men taking a break from mining to have their photograph taken, we can clearly see the pit props and the candle held in place with boulder clay. We can surmise the man on the left of the photograph is the deputy, as he is the one with the Davy lamp and the roof probe, the other men would have been known as fillers. The front two men are sitting on their midges, a three-sided box with a candle in it (the only light they had to work by). No safety helmets are worn by any of the men as the compulsory wearing of safety helmets had not yet been introduced.

This is the same group of men that we see in another underground photograph.

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