One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who clears away refuse in a mine.‘at the age of eighteen, he laboured underground as a mullocker’
- ‘Work was so abundant and several hundred more miners, labourers, and mullockers could easily be placed.’
- ‘Mr Williams, who was a mullocker, went underground yesterday morning with other day-shift men, and should have left the mine again at 3 o'clock.’
- ‘During the war many truckers and mullockers were kept on their jobs longer than would normally have been the case.’
- ‘A miner and a mullocker died together in 1901 in a fall of rock.’
- ‘An accident happened at the mine to one man while working as mullocker.’
Late 19th century: from mullock ‘rock from which the minerals have been extracted’.
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