SPRINGHILL, Nova Scotia (PRWEB) March 14, 2016
In the 1870s, the first coal mine of Springhill, Nova Scotia, opened for business. From then on, the coal mines affected the lives of nearly everyone in the area.
Author Harry E. Munroe went to work for the mines when he was just 16. His memoir, “Brave Men of the Deep: A Part of the History of Springhill’s Mining” (published by AuthorHouse), looks back on his career in the mining industry.
Munroe’s family members have earned their livings from the coal mines of Springhill for four generations. Using a blend of familial and local history, Munroe recreates the coal mines as they changed over the years, offering readers an insider’s perspective at the labors and dangers coal miners encountered.
From the mine disasters between 1956 and 1958 to the well-known “Liars Bench,” “Brave Men of the Deep” honors the memories of the men and women who worked and lost their lives in the Springhill coal mines. Munroe includes several original poems about his experiences in the mines as well as testimonials from other workers.
An excerpt from “Brave Men of the Deep”:
I was a fourth generation coal miner. My great grandfather, Henry Swift, was the underground manager at the time of what has been referred to as ‘the great explosion,’ on Feb. 21, 1891. He was among the one hundred and twenty-five men and boys who lost their lives.
About the Author
Harry E. Munroe served in the Royal Canadian Air Force when he was 18 and later returned to Nova Scotia to work in the coal mines. He lives and writes in Springhill, Nova Scotia.
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