Bookie raised over 200 quid for families of dead miners

Destruction_of_LeviathanBULLI’S tragic 1887 colliery disaster caused a wave of fundraising and sympathy from all walks of life for the families of the 81 men and boys who were killed in the methane gas explosion.

Joseph Thompson, a Queenslander – who was described by the Maryborough Chronicle at the time as a “Leviathan bookmaker” – collected over £240 within a few weeks of the Bulli Colliery explosion on March 23 on behalf “of the sufferers”.

For those not up on their Hebrew Bible, a Leviathan is a creature with the form of a sea monster from Jewish belief, referenced in the  Book of Isaiah.

The annual disaster memorial will be held at 1.30pm this Friday March 22 at St Augustines Anglican Church, Park Road, Bulli. A wreath laying will follow at the memorial monument. All are welcome.

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