BIG NIGHT: Ipswich Historical Society members Hugh Taylor (left) and Joe Llewellyn are looking forward to the wine, cheese and movie night at Cooneana tonight.
BIG NIGHT: Ipswich Historical Society members Hugh Taylor (left) and Joe Llewellyn are looking forward to the wine, cheese and movie night at Cooneana tonight. Rob Williams

Beneath Black Skies to spotlight coal mining disaster

THE Ipswich Historical Society is having a fund-raising wine, cheese and film night tonight at Cooneana featuring the powerful film Beneath Black Skies.

Narrated by Australian actor David Field, with a striking musical score and dramatic re-enactments, the documentary has been called a community treasure of national significance.

It is a history of coal mining in the Illawarra, focusing on Australia's largest industrial disaster.

The Illawarra once had the dubious reputation of the dustiest and gassiest coal mines in Australia. Australia's two most tragic industrial disasters took place there within 20 years.

Gates open at Cooneana, 1041 Redbank Plains Rd New Chum, at 6pm before a meet and greet and nibbles at 6.45pm.

The film starts at 7.45pm and at 9pm supper will be supplied with wine and cheese.

The lucky door prize and raffle will be drawn at 9.15pm.

Tickets are $10.



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