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23 September, 2021

Special service commemorates 100 year Mount Mulligan disaster

HUNDREDS of people joined together at Mount Mulligan on Sunday to mark 100 years since a devastating explosion tragically killed 75 miners in the small township back in 1921.

By Michael Warren

HUNDREDS of people joined together at Mount Mulligan on Sunday to mark 100 years since a devastating explosion tragically killed 75 miners in the small township back in 1921. 

A large number of ex residents and descendants attended the special Miners Memorial Day with the event also beamed to hundreds more watching through a special online live stream. 

Cook MP Cynthia Lui who represented Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was among the special dignitaries on hand to mark the important milestone. 

“This was a really special occasion, it was fantastic to see so many familiar faces attend,” Mt Mulligan Ex Residents Committee Secretary Ken Best told The Express. 

“Following the 75th anniversary of the incident back in 1997 we have held numerous reunions of ex residents. 

“This was another very important event and an opportunity for those attached to this incident to pay our respects, remember, and honour those who tragically lost their lives in the terrible disaster so many years ago.” 

An ensuing Royal Commission determined the accidental or untimely firing of an explosive charge on the top of a slab of coal caused the September 19, 1921 disaster. 

The last body was removed from inside the mine on February 9, 1922. The mine closed for good on October 28, 1957.

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