|DVD "Beneath Black Skies"
A History of Coalmining in the Illawarra
A documentary by "Why Documentaries"
The south coast miners were regarded by some as the most militant miners in the mining industry as they were at the forefront of campaigns such as the fight against dust and the 35 hr week. In 1944, young miners in the Southern District were sent to war over an industrial dispute when for the first time an Australian coal mine was taken over by the Federal Government.
How did Australia's first mineral export, coal, shape the men and women who lived the mining life. This remarkable history of the area is told through the miner's, their wives, their unions, mining historians, and the mining official's perspectives.
The film also covers Australia's two most tragic and largest industrial disasters. In March 1887, there was an explosion at the Bulli Colliery and 120 children became fatherless. Then in July 1902, 96 men and boys were killed in the Mt Kembla Disaster.
Grandfathers, fathers and sons who worked together, perished together.
Narrated by Australian actor David Field with a striking musical score, and dramatic re-enactments of the late 19th and early 20th Century, this film is a community treasure of Australian significance.
$35.00 each + $10.00 postage/packing
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