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The annual festivals have been indefinitely suspended


the 111th Disaster Anniversary

`Windy Gully’ by Wendy Richardson, a full production at the Phoenix Theatre, Coniston, 19th July to 3rd August, Bookings www.phoenixtheatre.net.au


Heritage Displays   Sat 27th & Sun 28th July
Mt Kembla School - 9am to 4pm

In the historic school buildings the popular ‘Heritage Displays’ and
Darian Zam’s `The Coalfaces Project: Three Moving Bios’
sponsored by Dendrobium Community Enhancement Program.

WW1 Project – an information-gathering stall – specific to those WW1 soldiers
with connections to Mt Kembla / Kembla Heights; talk to Marion who is working on the project;
next to the book and souvenir stall in support of the Heritage Centre.

Mt Kembla Heritage Centre – open both days 9am to 4pm

`Thunder in a Cloudless Sky’ presentation including Pit Pony display


Mt Kembla Bowling Club Heritage Weekend
Sat 27th July Barefoot Bowls; 2pm Salvation Army Service
Sun 28th July  Interclub Bowls
For details contact Kembla Heights Bowls & Recreation Club– Phone: 4271 1265

Fund raising for Breast Cancer Research `ALL WEEKEND’
Stalls, Food, Raffles, Music

Mt Kembla School P&C   Sun 28th July
There will be activities for children, fund-raising stalls and performances at the school

Memorial Church Service   Sun 28th July
The Soldiers’ and Miners’ Memorial Church, Mt Kembla – 2pm

The Mt Kembla Mine disaster memorial service will be held.
This service has been held on the nearest Sunday to the 31st July each year, continuously since 1902.


96 Candles Ceremony   Wed 31st July
Windy Gully Cemetery – 6.30pm to 7.30pm

This year our ceremony focuses on youth labour, and the 10 youths (14 to 17 years) who perished in the disaster.
As always, the 96 Candles Ceremony will be held on the evening of the mine disaster anniversary.

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 have a set-price buffet after the ceremony – orders taken on the buses before 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

  Festival Details  

Mt Kembla Village, Illawarra Region, NSW South Coast, Australia (Map)

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".
By appointment only and guided tours. Contact - phone (02) 4271 1452 or contact us >.