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113th Anniversary of the 1902 Mt Kembla Mine Disaster

An Exciting Event - 2015

Greenacres Disability Services is joining us this year.
Help raise funds for their important work

Friday, 31st July 2015
In Windy Gully Cemetery

96 Candles Ceremony 2015
6.30pm to 7.30pm

This year’s theme covers the disaster victim families, survivors and WW1.
The 96 Candles Ceremony is held on the evening of the mine disaster anniversary.

Please Note: There will be no vehicular access to the cemetery for the ceremony, with free Premier Illawarra shuttle buses leaving from the Mt Kembla Village Hotel and the Kembla Heights Bowls and Recreation Club from 5.30pm.

The Bowlo Restaurant will be open for meals after the ceremony – meal tickets available before catching the bus.

Mt Kembla Hotel will have hot toddy and nibbles to warm visitors after the ceremony

In case of bad weather the Ceremony will be held in the Kembla Heights Community Hall at the same time – updates will be posted on this website, or on your local radio, TV

This Ceremony is sponsored by Wollongong City Council’s Community Events Program and is supported by Illawarra Coal, South32, Premier Illawarra, Kembla Heights Bowling Club, Mt Kembla Village Hotel.

Saturday 1st August 2015
In Kembla Heights

Fund Raising Fun Day for National Breast Cancer Research
@ Mt Kembla Bowling Club

Barefoot Bowls ($10) starting 12.30pm
Trash & Treasure Stall, Raffles, Guessing Competitions, 100 Club Draws,
Meat Raffle @ 6pm
Chinese Food, Tea, Coffee & Cakes

2pm 1902 Mt Kembla Mine Disaster Commemoration Service

Saturday 2nd August 2015
In Mt Kembla Village

Mt Kembla Public School Heritage Fair & Family Picnic Day

10am-2pm @ Mount Kembla Public School

Please join us at our school to commemorate the Mt Kembla Mine Disaster and to celebrate everything that makes our community special!

Pony rides! Jumping castle! Stalls! BBQ lunch! Talent quest! and more!

Bring your family and your picnic blanket and come and join in the fun!


Mt Kembla Mine Disaster Memorial Church Service  

2pm @ The Soldiers’ and Miners’ Memorial Church, Mt Kembla

This service has been held each year continuously since 1902 on the Sunday closest to the date of the 1902 Mt Kembla Mine disaster, 31st July.


Memorial Tree Plantings

Mt Kembla Memorial Pathway (Stones Road)

Stages 1 @ 2.45pm for 29 Mt Kembla Mine disaster victims buried outside Mt Kembla & for Michael Brennan (body not found)
Stage 2 @ 3.15pm for 4 WW1 Mt Kembla Soldiers Killed in Action 1915.

On Sunday 2nd August 2015
In Kembla Heights 9am to 4pm

Please Note: There will be no vehicular access to Kembla Heights from 8.30am to 1.30pm except for local residents & volunteers  - Public Parking in the Village - Shuttle Buses available


Greenacres M2M Challenge 2015

Finish Line Just below Kembla Heights Bowling Club

Presentations from around 10.30am – details on their website



@ Kembla Heights Bowling Club

Sunday Bowls

Fundraiser Trash & Treasure Stalls for

Greenacres Disability Services & Breast Cancer Research

BBQ and Drinks available; Coffee & Tea; Cakes & Slices

Lunch at the Chinese Restaurant includes Australian & Chinese food



Enjoy coffee and dessert in historic surroundings


Exhibition and Sale of Paintings, Photographs, Sculpture and Prints

Exhibitors:Liz Jeneid, Mary Louise Wyatt, Barry Whitelaw, Russell Wilson, Graham Bartholomew, Doug Greenstreet, Elspeth McCombe, Barrie Voorwinden, Elizabeth Muntz, Mary Wingrave, Susan Barnett, Deborah Redwood, Greer Taylor, Diana Wood Conroy & a retrospective of Allison Rowe’s work


@ Kembla Heights Community Hall

Mt Kembla Mining Heritage’s Heritage Displays

Kembla’s families &  Mining Heritage

WW1 Kembla WW1 soldiers Project to date

Books and souvenir stall supporting the Heritage Centre.

Please Note:  Mt Kembla Heritage Centre will be closed.

South Coast Country Music Association – BBQ, Tea & Coffee, cakes


@ Kembla Heights Community Hall Grounds

Stalls, face painting, children’s playground