Mines and Miners

A mine can only work safely and efficiently if machinery, materials and the workers are all in the right place at the right time.

There were a large number of people involved in the running of Geevor mine.  From underground to surface workers, everyone had a specific job.

 

Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Margaret Francis held by the Geevor Archive

 

Mossel time

Click to see a larger version of this imageminers underground taking a break and having mossel

Most miners took food and drink underground with them; at some stage during their shift would sit and take a break close to where they were working.


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Assayers

Click to see a larger version of this imageassayer at work

The assayer’s job was to assess the quality of the tin.


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Cost Book Company

Click to see a larger version of this imagepile of leather bound books. petty cash book, wages book, ledger, cost book, account book

The traditional way a Cornish mine operated was as a Cost Book Company. 


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How the Men were Paid

Click to see a larger version of this imageearly miners waiting to be paid outside of Levant counthouse

Many underground miners were paid based on the amount of ground they had broken, measured monthly.


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Comment left by Jan Sominka on 2010-05-13 19:33:37

Just noticed the photograph in the stoping section. Can you confirm if this is Wawrzyniec Sominka (Johnny), my father. Thanks Jan GEEVOR REPLY......... yes , this is johnny, if you would like a copy of the photo please contact Nick Thomas at Geevor Tin Mine on 01736 788662. We also have information on ..Lucia Zbyszek Sominka

Comment left by Emily on 2010-10-02 22:58:55

This page os alright but it doesn't say about the different types of jobs!!

 

Comment left by :) :) x on 2011-10-06 18:23:38

it is good information but i don't know what a trammer is so if possible you explain it in a more simple way.

 

Comment left by jojo! on 2011-10-08 13:16:25

could do with more information on the pumpmen like what more they did.

 

Comment left by Tom Gowans on 2011-12-15 11:36:16

Thank you for this information. I have just finished reading a truly excellent book, 'The Power of One' by Bryce Courtenay the last part of which describes his year spent working as a Grizzly man in the then Northern Rhodesian copper mines. Sounds like a tough and dangerous occupation. Now that I have seen your photo, I understand it better.

 

Comment left by Graham on 2012-06-16 22:01:38

done some grizzly work myself thought my arms where going to drop off at the end of shift!!

 

Comment left by Sandra on 2012-12-01 21:40:00

Very good got lots of info and made me think about making my own like it thankyou very much for this experiance!

 

Comment left by sara on 2012-12-09 13:10:44

I looked up this site for the same reason, I just read the great book The Power of One..this picture really explains it, it looks really terrible and dangerous

 

Comment left by Tony Clifford on 2014-04-02 09:10:57

An extremely useful summary of a complex subject. Thank you.

 

Comment left by Polo on 2015-06-20 16:06:37

Mr Ken Gilbert made a famous comment when asked how many people worked at Geevor - "About half of them" he always said!

 

Comment left by pete on 2017-02-15 20:10:58

i teach a english clas and i am teaching a book about this. it is good. thanks.

 

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