Bulli again to remember the horrific colliery explosion that killed 81 men and boys in 1887

THE Black Diamond Heritage Centre will again host the annual commemoration of the 1887 Bulli Mine Disaster at St Augustine’s Anglican Church this month.

A massive methane gas explosion at the Bulli Colliery killed 81 men and boys at 2.30pm on March 23 1887.

The annual service is open to the public and will again be held at Bulli’s Anglican Church in Park Road where many of the victims were buried, and where a memorial garden has been dedicated to the victims and families.

After the service, a gathering will lay flowers at the nearby disaster monument.

Black Diamond District Heritage Centre president, Kerrie Anne Christian said the event time this year will be one hour earlier than past events due to other commitments of the Reverend Michael Williamson, who will conduct the service. The memorial service begins at 12.30pm on Thursday, March 23. All are welcome.

For a history of the Bulli Mine Disaster visit the website: Looking Back

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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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