Found Vic BMD death 1889 Stawell for John KIRK father Martin Mother: Mary O'Callaghan
then found trove newspapers
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 5 November 1889 ACCIDENT IN THE SLOANE.'S
AND SCOTCHMAN'S MINE.
TWO MINERS KILLED.
(BT TELEGRAPH FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.)
A serious accident occurred at the Sloane's and Scotchman's mine at an early hour this morning, resulting in the immediate death of a young miner named John Kirk, and the subsequent death of his mate, also a young miner, named Charles Duly. It appears that young Kirk, who was un- married, and resided with his parents on the Navarre-road, was working on the night shift in company with Duly, who also resided with his parents near New- ington. They started work on a stage in the north level, at a depth of about 490ft., shortly after 1 o'clock in the morning. At about 10 minutes to 4 o'clock, whilst they were drilling a hole, after having pene- trated the stone to a depth of about 15in., an unexploded portion of a charge in a hole fired by a previous shift, and situated about a foot distant, went off, owing, it is thought, to the concussion. Several pieces of stone, weighing in all about 30lb., were scattered about in all directions, some of the largest striking Kirk full on the face and on other parts of his body, and knocking him down the stope, where the underground " boss " (Samuel Grening) and another miner were employed, a distance of 7ft, or 8ft. Duly also came in for a large share ot the flying particles of stone, and, the light having been extinguished by the force of the explosion, he called out to the underground foreman, "Strike a light, Sammy ; I'm hurt," Grening immediately responded to the call, and was horrified to find Kirk lying on some debris not far from where he (Grening) had been working. The poor fellow was quite dead, his head being almost severed from his body, whilst his features were much disfigured. Duly was found a few feet from the scene of the acci- dent. Though conscious, he was in an extremely critical condition, having sustained some painful injuries about the arms, legs, and lower portions of the body. Dr. Syme, on arrival at the mine, pronounced Kirk to be dead, and ordered Duly's removal to the hospital. The Miners' Association ambulance waggon was accordingly procured, and the sufferer was shortly afterwards taken to the hospital as directed, where, after every pos- sible attention had been paid to him, he died at about 10 o'clock, some three hours after admission. Arrangements were made with the coroner, Mr. J. Robertson, P.M., for the holding of an inquest on the bodies of the deceased men at the court-house tomorrow. Kirk and Duly were both members of the Stawell Amalgamated Miners' Association.