Death and dust down the mine

SYDNEY: “Yes, I’ve seen my mates killed – 21 at Bellbird – two at Excelsior – two at Old Bulli – two at Wongawilli – one at Catherine Hill Bay,” said Arthur McDonald, a dusted coal miner, last week. “I’ve seen the last messages men, trapped behind a brick seal, chalked on the wall before…

Just a taste for 15 thirsty miners

480 GALLONS OF BEER IN 12 DAYS WOLLONGONG, Monday: The 15 Corrimal miners who are trying to establish a beer-drinking record have drunk 480 gallons of beer and 360 bottles of lemonade and ginger beer in 12 days.  They are members of the Save Yourself Club, and are camped on Towradgi Beach. Their beer marathon is an annual…

The dusted miner

By MICK ROBERTS © RETIRED coal miner George Forsyth Bryson was described in a story with the Daily Telegraph in 1946 as a short, stocky man, with brown eyes and a cheer-fill grin, looking closer to 30, rather than his 41 years. The reporter described George as a man you would take to be in…

Scenes in South Coast Collieries

IN THE OLD BULLI MINE One of the oldest coal mines on the N.S.W. South Coast. The men are waiting for the skips to move off on their 2½-mile trip underground. STARTING THE DAY’S WORK A miner entering a skip which will take him down to the coal face. AT THE RESCUE STATION Where a team of…

Corrimal’s Green Frog

By MICK ROBERTS © COUNTLESS children have clambered over the steam locomotive gracing Corrimal Memorial Park. Known affectionately as ‘The Green Frog’, the South Bulli No 4 was manufactured in 1909 by the Avonside Engine Company in London, England before beginning her working life at the South Bulli Colliery, Bellambi. During World War II the South…

The Steamship Bulli

THE steamship Bulli was built by the firm of Lewis and Stackwell at Greenwich, England, in 1872. The steel hulled vessel measured 180´ x 23.2´ x 15.9´ and was 486.77 tons gross and 337.06 tons net. The Bulli was first registered in January 1873 at Sydney to the Bulli Coal Mining Company and was a…

Bulli’s Pit Town

BULLI Pit Town (pictured about 1885 above) was located on the first escarpment bench, to the north of the original Bulli Coal Mine portals and workings. The town was located on the southern side of a creek, and consisted of about 16 or so cottages for the miners working at the Bulli pit. Very little…