Cousin Jack

In the 19th Century if you wanted to get minerals and metals out of the ground you need to get the Cornish on the job.

As Cornwall's copper and tin industry faded, Africa's, Australia's and Mexico's mining industry prospered by Emigrating Cornish miners.


Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Geevor Archive


Techniques taken around the World

Click to see a larger version of this imageCousin Jack Moonta poster copyright the Geevor Archive

Cornwall pioneered the transfer of the British industrial revolution overseas.

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Cousin Jack

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Who was Cousin Jack?

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Workers from overseas

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The Second World War caused a major skills shortage at Geevor, as men went to fight overseas.

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Bevin Boys

With the outbreak of World War II, the demand for tin grew.

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Comment left by cheesycheese! on 2009-10-06 17:26:25

It would be good if u told us some more things that u can mine, for example copper.

Comment left by Monty Turner on 2010-06-10 16:17:19

My great grandfather William Anthony Turner imigrated to The black Hills in South Dakota in the 1800s. His wife and two sons (the oldest was my grandfather) followed a year later, 1890 I believe. He moved, with his family, four sons by now, to Nelson BC Canada to work in the Silver King mine.


Comment left by Carly on 2012-02-05 20:32:50

Please could someone tell me what METALS were mined in cornwall? Thanks! GEEVOR REPLY.... Despite being chiefly known for tin and copper Cornwall contains a wider range of minerals than any other region of the UK. South Crofty alone has over thirty separate mineral species, three of which are particularly rare uranium minerals, zippeite, johannite and, the ominously named, coffinite! Lead, zinc and iron have been widely exploited whilst tungsten and arsenic were both by products of tin and copper mining. Small quantities of antimony, sulphur, manganese, uranium, cobalt, bismuth, nickel and molybdenum have also been produced. I hope this answers your question.


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