Mt Kembla Heritage Centre welcomes you all year round. Visit our award-winning display of the 1902 Mt Kembla Mine Disaster “Thunder in a cloudless sky”. Open on the second Sunday of each month 11am to 4pm or anytime for guided group tours contact Phil Donaldson.
31st July marks the anniversary of the Mt Kembla Disaster, where 96 men and boys lost their lives in the explosion.
On 23 March 1887 some 15 years and 4 months earlier months earlier the first major mine disaster struck the Illawarra region with the Bulli Mine Disaster which claimed the lives of 81 men and boys.
A leader in that rescue campaign was one Henry Osborne MacCabe a young man of 30 years of age. Amongst the many rescuers was John Evans, Manager Mt Kembla Colliery, and W. B. Green former manager Mt Kembla Colliery.
To many, our festival may seem the only thing the Heritage Centre committee does every year … nothing could be further from the truth … in fact our list of significant achievements is very long since our formation in 2001, to commemorate the centenary of the Mt Kembla Mine Disaster of 1902.