Bulli remembers the 1887 coal mine explosion that killed 81 men and boys


THE anniversary of the 1887 Bulli Mine Disaster, which claimed the lives of 81 men and boys, was remembered on Friday at St Augustine’s Anglican Church.

Descendants of the victims, students from Bulli High School and Primary School, and the community gathered at the Bulli memorial monument to lay wreaths and flowers after the service. Students from Bulli Public School also read the names of the victims during the service, followed by a moving performance by the Lamplighters Male Choir. The State MP for Keira, Ryan Park also attended and spoke at the service.

The service was hosted by the Black Diamond Heritage Centre, where an afternoon tea was held after the service.


The memorial monument at Bulli where flowers were laid in memory of the 81 victims of the disaster.


State MP for Keira, Ryan Park at the service on Friday.


The Arcadians Lamplighters Male Choir performed at the service.


The memorial at Bulli

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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is 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 managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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