people of Burradon together with dignitaries gathered
at the village primary school in remembrance of 76 men
and boys who were sent to their deaths by the mine owner
on 2nd March 1860.
The school service was not about recriminations; its
purpose was to honour the memory of our forefathers
and to celebrate the traditions of our mining heritage
and the village’s unique community spirit.
The real tragedy of the disaster was the death of so
many children and it was a sobering thought that had
many of the victims been born 150 years later they would
have been involved in the events of the day.
the circumstances, it was appropriate that the commemoration
focused on the children of the village and their tribute
to the victims of a great injustice. The children performed
specially arranged dances and songs and there was a
parade of pit banners which the children designed and
the names of the men and children were recited which
was a very poignant moment.