Annual tribute to city’s fallen miners

Historical image of Pattersons Shaft BHP Co No 111

Community leaders and locals will gather in Broken Hill this weekend to honour the city’s fallen miners at the Miner’s Remembrance Ceremony.

In its 8th year, the service will return in person, after taking place online in 2021 as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

Ordinarily held on the Line of Lode, this year’s ceremony will take place on October 8 at the Trades Hall, due to construction works on the Line of Lode.

The event will be hosted by Heritage Committee Secretary Christine Adams and will feature an address from Mayor Tom Kennedy, a performance from the Barrier Industrial Union (BIU) Band, prayers led by Roslyn Ferry and Local Scouts as the flag bearers.

Greg Byers, songwriter of ‘The Black Flag’ will share his reflections as this year’s guest speaker. Byers wrote ‘The Black Flag’ in honour of fallen miners, based on stories told to him by his father when he was a child.

Heritage Committee Chair, Councillor Darriea Turley, invited everyone to attend and reflect on the lives lost.

‘More than 800 people have died working on mines in Broken Hill since 1883,” Cr Turley said.

“This ceremony is an important acknowledgement to the work and sacrifice of those local miners, who have played a big part in the prosperity of our city today’

The service will take place from 11am Saturday and more information can be found here.

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