Bellbird Mine Disaster Centenary

Extract from the Media Release from Coal Services Pty Limited

Hunter Valley, NSW (Australia), August 2023 –  

Friday, 1 September 2023 will mark 100 years since the 1923 Hetton Coal Company Ltd Bellbird Mine Disaster (Disaster) that resulted in the death of 21 miners.
This Disaster was the catalyst for the Bill to establish a mines rescue service which was tabled in the NSW Parliament in 1924 and the Mines Rescue Act 1925. The first NSW Mines Rescue station was established at Abermain in 1926.  

Coal Services (Mines Rescue) and the Mining and Energy Union (MEU), together with the Coalfields Local Historical Association, will host an event to commemorate the centenary of the Disaster.

The ceremony will take place at 11am on Friday, 1 September 2023, at the Bellbird Miners Memorial Park (506 Wollombi Road, Bellbird NSW 2325). Those wishing to attend are asked to please RSVP via http://stks.be/bellbird-disaster-centenary or alternatively by calling Jenny McPherson (MEU) on 1300 712 791 no later than Monday 28 August 2023.

Here is the full Media release.