BULLI’S tragic 1887 colliery disaster resulted in a massive fundraising effort for the families of the 81 men and boys who were killed in the methane gas explosion.
Fundraisers were held all over Australia, and as far away as England, for the many left widowed and orphaned as a result of the disaster.
The fund raisers came from all walks of life – from religious groups, to bookies, to boxing tournaments.
Joseph Thompson, a Queenslander – who was described by the Maryborough Chronicle as a “Leviathan bookmaker” – collected over £240 within a few weeks of the Bulli explosion on behalf “of the sufferers”.
For those not up on their Hebrew Bible (like me), a Leviathan is a creature from Jewish belief, in the form of a sea monster, referenced in the Book of Isaiah.
The disaster is remembered at St Augustine’s Anglican Church, Park Road, Bulli on the anniversary of the tragedy. A wreath laying at the memorial monument follows the service at the church
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