Following the invention of the steam engine, demand for coal rocketed throughout Britain. Although the use of coal did exist before the industrial revolution this tended to be on small scale operations and it was from mines near to the surface.
[Available in Malay translation — George P. Landow] . Child "hurriers" working in mines. From official report of the parliamentary commision. That the shameful practice of child labor should have played an important role in the Industrial Revolution from its outset is not to be wondered at.