The Pike River Miners
Conrad John Adams
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Conrad John Adams, 43

Age: 43

From: Greymouth, New Zealand

Conrad was born in New Zealand and lived in Greymouth.

He had two children who, in the words of his brother Clayton, he "loved more than anything in the world".

Conrad had worked in gold and coal mines for 25 years, and was a keen sportsman who enjoyed diving and running ultra-marathons.

He attended Highveld Park High School in Secunda, a mining town in South Africa's Mpumalanga province.  He worked in the mines there for a number of years after he finished high school, before moving to New Zealand.

Conrad was a deputy at the Pike River mine.

(Ref: nzherald.co.nz)

Malcolm Campbell
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Malcolm Campbell, 25

Age: 25

From: Greymouth, New Zealand

Malcolm was originally from Fife, Scotland, where he attended Madras College in St Andrews.

He worked in Australian gold mines for two years, before coming to the Pike River coal mine.

He was engaged to marry NZ fiancee Amanda on December 18, 2010.

(Ref: www.news.com.au; nzherald.co.nz)

Glen Peter Cruse
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Glen Peter Cruse, 35

Age: 35

From: Cobden, New Zealand

Allan John Dixon
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Allan John Dixon, 59

Age: 59

From: Runanga, New Zealand

Allan had two adult sons.

His partner Robyn told The Australian she thinks he called her to say "I love you" on day of blast.

(Ref: www.news.com.au)

Zen Wodin Drew
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Zen Wodin Drew, 21

Age: 21

From: Greymouth, New Zealand

Zen's father Laurie was one of few family members speaking to media.

Wearing son's jacket, he told TVNZ: "If I had it my way I'd go in there, gas or not.  I just want my boy home."

(Ref: www.news.com.au)

Christopher Peter Duggan
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Christopher Peter Duggan, 31

Age: 31

From: Greymouth, New Zealand

One of his brothers wrote on Chris's Facebook page: "Love u me Brother Chris and all the lads underground."

NZ Herald quoted a friend as saying he was "always laughing".

Another brother returned from overseas after news of blast.

(Ref: www.news.com.au)

Joseph Ray Dunbar
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Joseph Ray Dunbar, 17

Age: 17

From: Greymouth, New Zealand

Joseph was the youngest of the trapped miners.

He had wanted to be a miner all his life.

He was on his first underground shift at the mine on the day of the first explosion.

He had turned 17 on November 18, just the day before.

(Ref: www.news.com.au, Heraldsun.com.au)

 

John Leonard Hale
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John Leonard Hale, 45

Age: 45

From: Ruatapu, New Zealand

Daniel Thomas Herk
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Daniel Thomas Herk, 36

Age: 36

From: Runanga, New Zealand

Daniel was the father of two young children. Other family live in Rotorua.

(Ref: www.news.com.au)

David Mark Hoggart
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David Mark Hoggart, 33

Age: 33

From: Foxton, New Zealand

Richard Bennett Holling
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Richard Bennett Holling, 41

Age: 41

From: Blackball, New Zealand

Richard had been married for just over one year, and had worked at the mine for three months.

(Ref: www.news.com.au)

Andrew David Hurren
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Andrew David Hurran, 32

Age: 32

From: Greymouth, New Zealand

Jacobus "Koos" Jonker
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Jacobus Albertus Jonker, 47

Age: 47

From: Cobden

Originally from South Africa.

His wife Christelle left a message on her Facebook page thanking wellwishers for their support, and asking them to "keep believing" her husband was OK.

(Ref: www.news.com.au, nzherald.co.nz)

William John Joynson
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William John Joynson, 49

Age: 49

From: Queensland, Australia

Father of two.

William had lived in New Zealand for 12 months.

His wife Kim flew to mine site after first blast.

(Ref: www.news.com.au)

Riki Steve Keane
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Riki Steve Keane, 28

Age: 28

From: Greymouth, New Zealand

Riki played rugby with local Greymouth side.

Terry David Kitchin
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Terry David Kitchen, 41

Age: 41

From: Runanga, New Zealand

Terry was still in the mine two hours after his shift. He had decided to do two hours of overtime, Stuff reported.

(Ref: www.news.com.au)

Samuel Peter McKie
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Samuel Peter McKie, 26

Age: 26

From: Greymouth, New Zealand

Francis Skiddy Marden
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Francis Skiddy Marden, 41

Age: 41

From: Runanga, New Zealand

Francis attended Rathkeale College in Masterton from 1983 to 1987.

His wife, Lauryn, left the following comment on nzherald's message board:

"Good-bye my darling husband, beautiful man, amazing Father and best friend. Thanks to those that cared and have left messages for me. He died young, went out with his name in lights at a U2 Concert, for those that know my husband, that should give you a smile. Cheers Babe, love you for-ever, your wife Lauryn."

(Ref: nzherald.co.nz)

Michael Nolan Hanmer Monk
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Michael Nolan H. Monk, 23

Age: 23

From: Greymouth, New Zealand

West Coast rugby union hooker

Michael's parents are both well-known sports identities in the area

Stuart Gilbert Mudge
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Stuart Gilbert Mudge, 31

Age: 31

From: Runanga, New Zealand

Stuart's father had been quoted as saying working in the mines gives his son and "outlet for his energy".

"Working with that machinery and those guys is the pinnacle of his working career," his father told the New Zealand Herald.

(Ref: www.news.com.au)

Kane Barry Nieper
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Kane Barry Neiper, 33

Age: 33

From: Greymouth, New Zealand

Married, with a young family.

(Ref: www.news.com.au)

Peter O'Neill
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Peter O'Neill, 55

Age: 55

From: Runanga, New Zealand

Peter was a shift boss at the mine.

His brother was part of the rescue team.

He was a rescuer at a mine accident two years ago, according to the Otago Daily Times.

Local rugby league player.

(Ref: www.news.com.au)

Milton John Osborne
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Milton John Osborne, 54

Age: 54

From: Ngahere

A local councillor in Greymouth

Worked at the mine as a contractor

(Ref: www.news.com.au)

Brendan John Palmer
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Brendan John Palmer, 27

Age: 27

From: Cobden, New Zealand

His father Marty also worked at the mine.

The pair passed each other in mine on day of first blast.  Marty told Brendan that he had reported gas problems on his shift.

(Ref: www.news.com.au)

Benjamin David Rockhouse
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Benjamin David Rockhouse, 21

Age: 21

From: Greymouth, New Zealand

Brother of survivor, Daniel.

(Ref: www.news.com.au)

Peter James Rodger
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Peter James Rodger, 40

Age: 40

From: Perth, Scotland

Lived with girlfriend in New Zealand.

Was trapped in the same mine for eight hours, three months ago.

Previously worked on oil rigs until injury prompted switch to mines.

(Ref: www.news.com.au)

Blair David Sims
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Blair David Sims, 28

Age: 28

From: Greymouth, New Zealand

Father of two.  West Coast rugby league player of the year for the past two years.

(Ref: wwww.news.com.au)

Joshua Adam Ufer
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Joshua Adam Ufer, 25

Age: 25

From: Queensland, Australia

Girlfriend Rachel three months pregnant with their first child at the time of the accident.

(Ref: www.news.com.au)

Keith Thomas Valli
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Keith Thomas Valli, 62

Age: 62

From: Winton, New Zealand

The oldest of the trapped miners.

(Ref: www.news.com.au)

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