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George Minto ( -1879)
1879 Obituary 
The death has been announced of Mr. George Minto, one of the leading district mining engineers who distinguished themselves in connexion with the sad explosion at the Oaks Colliery in 1866.
Deceased, a native of Newcastle, accepted the management of the Oaks Collieries in 1854.
Afterwards Mr. Minto went to the Mount Osborne Collieries.
During the Oaks explosions he took an active part in the rescuing and volunteering operations. On the second day he nearly lost his life. He was looking down the cupola when a terrific explosion occurred. He was struck on the forehead and knocked back. It was the same blast that killed Mr. P. Jeffcock, engineer, and many others.
Mr. Minto superintended the reopening of the Oaks Collieries, and afterwards managed others in the district. He died at Barnsley.