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About Us

Our History,

Our committee was comprised of a group of real workers committed to promoting the Mining Heritage of Mt Kembla. We represented a wide cross section of the Mt Kembla Community, as our membership included people from most of the Villages' other community groups, including the core committee of the Mine Disaster Centenary 2002. We openly welcomed any person interested, to attend our meetings and assist by sharing ideas, skills, knowledge and contributing their time and effort, with the work to be done in promoting Mt Kembla's Mining Heritage and associated activities. We also had some history research groups who compiled our social history past and present. What we aimed to achieve: to promote our Mining Heritage by holding an annual Festival with activities which related to our past and present social and mining history. This Festival was held each year on the weekend closest to the time of the Mt Kembla Mine Disaster - 31st July 1902, from 2002 to 2017.

Due to decline in human and financial resources the decision was made to wind-down and eventually close the association. Peripheral assets were sold, the funds raised were banked and the collection and assets were transferred to Wollongong Heritage Collections Incorporated in 2020, in line with our constitution. 

Cate Stevenson OAM

Founding Chairperson

Our Long Term Objectives


  • Establish a permanent home for our Mining Heritage Display in Mt Kembla

  • Open up the old Mt Kembla Mine site to contain walkways and viewing platforms to showcase this site of historic significance

  • To link the above site to a Mining Heritage Trail linking all significant mine sites on the Illawarra escarpment

  • To work with any or all groups in the community for the benefit of the Village of Mt Kembla

Our Recognition

Our efforts were rewarded when in 2008 we received the NSW State Heritage Volunteer award for the wonderful work our volunteers undertook to establish the Mt Kembla Heritage Centre.

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