Wollongong Heritage and Stories

mt kembla heritage centre

300 Cordeaux Road, Mount Kembla, NSW, 2526

02 4271 1452 and leave a message.

Opening Hours
2nd Sunday each month 11am to 4pm or by appointment.

Guided Tours by arrangement: $10/head - 3 hour tour includes the Heritage Centre, Soldiers' & Miners

Mt Kembla Heritage Centre was founded in 2008 as a keeping place for Mt Kembla's cultural heritage.

It provides the community with a place to record and preserve our history as well as to share our unique stories.  

The Heritage Centre houses a comprehensive exhibition on the Mt Kembla mine disaster which occurred on the 31 July 1902, when 96 men and boys lost their lives. This disaster remains the worst mining accident in Australia's history.

Website here.

Mt Kembla Heritage Centre

Caring for the Pit Ponies

This book was used by Mt Kembla Colliery's hostlers, to record information on the collieries pit ponies from 1927 to 1972.

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On a Quiet Afternoon in Mount Kembla

“The road to Mount Kembla is paved with sad memories. It is also a fairy land where green trees and wattle blooms make it a place of beauty.” Illawarra Mercury, 26 October, 1923

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Shining a Light

Mining for coal by hand and underground is a dirty enough job without doing it in complete darkness. To make their work easier in this environment, miners used these oil fired open flame lamps. They…

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Mary Dungey of Mt Kembla

Mary Dungey, a miner worker's wife, was at home when the blast from the Mt Kembla Mine threw her across the kitchen floor. The cry rang through the village, `Oh my God, the mine has gone up!’…

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Report on the Inquiry into the Mt Kembla Mine Disaster

There were three public inquiries into the cause of the Mt Kembla Mine Disaster. In 1903, a Royal Commission followed a coroner's inquest and then the ‘Heydon’ inquiry. The Royal…

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The Davy Safety Lamp

The Davy lamp was invented by Sir Humphry Davy in 1816, allowing deep seams to be mined despite the presence of gas. It contained a candle or wick surround by a metal gauze. The metal gauze…

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Awards for the Rescuers

In 1904, two years after the disaster, 51 medals were awarded to rescuers by the Royal Shipwreck Relief and Humane Society of NSW. 12 Gold, 16 Silver and 23 Bronze.Most of the gold and silver medals…

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