Bulli Coal Mining Leaders

Miners’ Leaders at Bulli,— From Left: Mr. D. Hamilton (president at Coledale), Mr. J. Hamilton (president at Bulli), and Mr. R. James, M.P., liaison officer between the Federal Government and the Miners’ Federation. – The Age (Melbourne) Wednesday 15 March 1944

Women & Unionism

By MICK ROBERTS © WIVES, mothers and daughters of Illawarra’s coal miners were powerful voices in the great industrial revolution of the late 19th century. They rallied behind their men folk with unbound enthusiasm showing overwhelming support in the industrial battles of the 1880s and 90s. Unionism had been around in the Illawarra since 1878 but…

Bulli and her sisters

(By M.M.A.) What wonderful charm is found around old Bulli! That town so well-known to travellers guarding carefully its wonderful trump card, the famous Bulli Pass.  As the years glide on Bulli has grown old gracefully and in mature stage is more beautiful than of yore. Standing on a rise, the little town, with its every day life, is an animated spot…

The Boy Cope

By MICK ROBERTS © JUST one survivor of the 1887 Bulli mine disaster survived to tell the tale of his miraculous escape from the catastrophic explosion that extinguished the lives of 81 men and boys – Although he rarely ever spoke of the tragedy for the remainder of his life. He became known as the…

Bulli Disaster

By MICK ROBERTS © THE terrible tragedy of a horrific mine disaster is remembered at the memorial in the yard of St Augustine’s Anglican Church, Bulli from 1.30pm on March 23 every year – a day that changed the sleepy little mining village forever. Mary Ann Jones was no novice when it came to mining…