In 1927, Caledonia Mine received the first ever safety award in the mining industry. No doubt, thanks to J.R. Dinn (pictured below, holding the shield). Mr. Dinn was the Mine Manager at Caledonia. He was a stickler for safety and subjected his employees to safety courses.
On October 14, 1961, Maureen Burton McNeil writes an article about the safety award in 1927. The Cape Breton Post publishes the article about the St. Patrick’s Day Presentation. You can download Maureen’s article below.
The Men are: Front row lt-rt: William Attwood; John David MacMullin; Alex Munroe; Ted Higgins; Malcolm McKinnon; Cyril Dawe; John R. MacDonald; Bill Shaw; William Dillon; John Rankin; Archie MacDonald; Murdock MacDonald; Richard Wilton; Joe Hest and Hector MacDonald. Back row lt-rt: Tom Scott; John J. MacLean; Alex McKinnon; Archie Nicholson; John Murdock Morrison; Tom Leslie; James L. Jobe; John Currie; Dan MacLellan; Thomas Knowles; Allan MacDonald; Tom Nicholson; Ronald MacInnis and Norman Morrison. (Text from C.B.Post – Picture from: Anna Roberts, granddaughter of Malcolm McKinnon)
If you want more stories and pictures about Glace Bay Mining history, I have included an Amazon link below to a fabulous book. Mining Photographs and other pictures is a must read for anyone interested in Glace Bay Mining History. Very interesting. The book is now out of print, and expensive.