2018 Bulli disaster memorial service


The Bulli Mine Disaster Memorial, Park Road Bulli.

A TERRIFIC explosion was heard above Bulli School – from the Old Bulli Mine – 131 years ago this Friday, which took the lives of 81 men and boys – there was only survivor, Herbert Cope.

The Bulli Mine Disaster, as it became known, remains the second worst industrial accident in Australia’s history – only surpassed by the Mt Kembla explosion 15 years later.

This Friday, March 23, the Black Diamond Heritage Centre will host the the annual commemoration service of the tragedy at St Augustines Anglican Church, Park Road, Bulli from 1.30. A wreath laying ceremony will follow at the memorial plinth near the grave yard where many of the victims were laid to rest.

Black Diamond Heritage Centre spokesperson Kerrie Anne Christian said the commemoration will include an address by Dan Meehan, a descendant of one of the victims William Williams.

“We have invited descendants and relatives of the victims, along with members of the local community, to join with us in remembering this terrible event that so badly impacted the small village of Bulli in 1887,” Kerrie said.

“The majority of victims were buried at the old St Augustine’s graveyard. Some gravestones can still be seen to the rear of the church – however some victims were unable to be identified. It is a tragedy that never should be forgotten and it is a reminder of the importance of workers’ safety.”

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


One thought on “2018 Bulli disaster memorial service

  1. Couldn’t agree more that this is an important reminder of workers safety.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Stuart Jones | March 22, 2018, 3:19 am

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