Crib time in the Blackwater Mine

‘Crib time’ in a mine drive in 1934, where the sandwiches were washed down with tea, pre-heated by hanging the enamel flask over a candle on one of the roof supports. How Divis managed to get to the back of the group before the shutter timer went off is a bit of a mystery. Perhaps he set everything up, then entrusted the job of tripping the shutter to somebody else.

From left: Tom Flaherty, unknown, unknown, Bill Houghton, Joseph Divis, Bill (Coolibah) Hynes, Ernie Wallenberg, Jim Pascoe.

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Sharren Davis

Posted: 06 Nov 2015

Since my last post Bill Houghton has lost his last daughter and now is survived by two sons only. I would love to here from anyone else with connections. Thanks

Sharren Davis

Posted: 02 Jun 2013

Unfortunately my mother passed away 27 December 2011 and now another aunty on 28 May 2013 since I posted the last comment. So out of the eight children of William Houghtons family there are only 3 left. A sad moment. Love to hear from anyone else.

Sharren Davis

Posted: 04 Jan 2011

Bill Houghton in the photo, is my grandfather who came out from England approx 1928, my mother, his daughter, was four and is now 86 and still alive, he has three daughters and two sons still alive out of 8 children. I was very interested to see this photo, he passed away approx 1969. I wrote ba comment before xmas but cant seem to find it. Thanks, Sharren Davis