Yet another local event has fallen victim to Covid 19.
The annual ceremony in memory of the 1887 Bulli Mine Disaster, which was to be held on March 23, has now been cancelled.
It follows a decision by St Augustine’s Anglican Church, Bulli that public gatherings such as the commemoration should not go ahead because of risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
Illawarra Branch of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) secretary Graham Pryor says while the church is disappointed, these are extraordinary times.
Each year the event remembers 81 men and boys who were killed in 1887 when a gas explosion propagated a coal dust explosion.
Most lost their lives due to the poisonous carbon monoxide gas generated as a result of the explosion.
There is a memorial monument near Bulli Anglican church where names of the victims are listed on the memorial monument in gold lettering.
The Miners’ Trust funded the $5,000 cost of the work. It also paid for a recent reprint of a booklet titled the “Old Bulli Colliery Disaster” which can be purchased at both Destination Wollongong outlets for $2 per copy.
Additional information is also available as the Illawarra Heritage Trail website: