On 26 March 1896 an explosion at Brunner, West Coast, killed 65 coal miners in New Zealand’s worst mining disaster.
In 1900 a stone obelisk was put up in memory of those who died in the Brunner mine explosion. One hundred years after the disaster, in 1996, this statue was erected at Brunner, recording the names of those who died in the explosion and others who perished from mining accidents. Another Brunner disaster memorial is located next to the mass grave for the victims at Stillwater Cemetery.
This plaque on the memorial remembers those killed in other mining disasters