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THE PAMPHLET ~ V3I2 ~ ‘THE CANARY’ ~ Print Edition


Mining was a critical part of society in the late eighteenth century.
Canaries were kept in cages at locations throughout a mine as an
indication of dangerous air quality. If the canary died, you only had a
few short minutes to exit the mine to safety. The phrase, ‘Canary in the
coal mine’, came to represent a clear warning to those who paid
attention. In this issue we discuss mining during the colonial era as well
as the canaries in our own timeline.