Former miners Dud Beattie (left) and Jack Stumer.
Former miners Dud Beattie (left) and Jack Stumer.

Mateships cemented at reunion

OLD stories were retold and friendships reignited as the miners at Ipswich's Box Flat mine reunited for the 25th anniversary of the mines closure over the weekend.

More than 80 of the miners came together at the Cooneana Heritage Museum in Redbank Plains after the first reunion was held two years ago.

The reunion organiser John Strybos said for many of the miners it was the first time they had met since the closure.

"A lot of the fellas worked together for a lot of years side by side. They had permanent crews and a lot of those guys hadn't seen each other for all those years," he said.

Dud Beattie was one of the former Box Flat workers joining his old mates at the reunion.

The former Australian rugby league representative and kangaroo tourist said the reunion has brought a lot of great mates back together.

"It's great to come and see them, they're all getting bloody old," he said.

"We talk about work and the funny things. Miners, they are a class of their own. They stick together and you really get to know their families. It's really good."

Mr Strybos said the reunion was a fantastic success, with plans to hold more reunions in coming years.



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