How much did miners earn in the 19th century?

A miner - like any other worker - must earn a fair living wage or he cannot live. And it's not how much you earn that counts. It's what you get that counts. I didn't go on strike because I wanted to, but because I had to.

What counts is how much you get. I've been through everything, and I think my case is a good example. Most miners still used picks and shovels to dig coal, but some used black powder to make holes in the coal seams and then loaded the broken coal into wagons by hand. Miners in the more remote coal camps often relied on the company shop, a shop that miners had to use because they were often only paid in company vouchers or coal vouchers, redeemable at the shop, which often charged higher prices than other shops.

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