“Complainte de Springhill, La (The Lament of Springhill)”


French. February 21, 1891: In Nova Scotia you will never forget the underground devastation in the Springhill mine. We are told that one hundred and thirty appeared before God.


February 21, 1891: Springhill Coal Mine explosion kills 125 men. (Source: our roots/nos racines (Canada's local histories online) _Story of the Springhill Colliery Explosion_ : comprising a full and authentic account of the great coal mining explosion at Springhill Mines, Nova Scotia, February 21st, 1891, including a history of Springhill and its collieries_ by R.A.H. Morrow.) - BS

This was not the last disaster in the Springhill coal mines; Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl documented the 1958 tragedy in "Springhill Mine Disaster." - RBW

Historical references

  • Feb 21, 1891 - Springhill Disaster

Cross references


  1. Creighton-Maritime, p. 183, "La Complainte de Springhill" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, SPRINGH3*
  3. BI, CrMa183


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1959 (Creighton-Maritime)
Found in: Canada(Mar)