COMPANY AND COMMUNITY IN THE 19TH CENTURY
1812 Mining begins at Dooneen by John Puxley
1813 30 employees. Two barrels of porter were bought for christening of Mountain Mine. In July the first ore was transported to Ballydonegan Bay
1815 300 employees.
1817 Mine captains arm themselves with blunderbusses (guns) in response to a local dispute.
1820 500 employees. Company buys in potatoes to sell at cost to employees after their money loses all value when a bank collapses.
1821 Dunboy Castle first extended.
1822 500 employees. Famine leads to doting in Cork and Kerry and Government restricts gunpowder supply.
1824 The mountain road between Castletown and Allihies is made accessible for horses.
1831 1,000 employees (employment makes the area the quietest part of an otherwise restless nation). Provisions bought in by company.
1832 Cholera comes to the mines and there are several deaths ‑ the miners take fright and stay away.
1833 Dam at Caminches bursts and floods engine shaft.
1836 Cornish Village school built.
1838 1,000 employees.
1842 1,600 employees. Police barracks built in Allihies village.
1845 Mine masons build a Protestant chapel at southern end of Allihies village; Roman Catholic church in Allihies village built the same year. Great Famine begins.
1846 Provisions bought in by company to offset effects of famine. The mines make a loss.
1847 500 ‑ 1,500 employees. Provisions bought in by company to offset effects of famine. The mines make a loss.
1850 1,000 ‑ 1,200 employees. Puxley’s schooner, the “Miner” is lost at sea.
1853 900 ‑ 1,000 employees and 7 mine captains. Production: 425 tons per month. Caminches closed.
1854 Puxley loses another schooner, the “Brothers” and it is replaced by another the “Albion”.
1856 John Puxley (84) dies in Tenby, S. Wales. his eldest grandson, John ‘Johnny” Puxley Jr (25), inherits the mines.
1860 1,200 ‑ 1,500 employees. Johnny Puxley (29) dies, having taken no direct interest in the mines; his brother, Henry Puxley (26), inheritsthe mines. Production: about 5,000 tons.
1861 100 Kealogue miners strike after fatality,
1863 8,358 tons of ore sold.