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Abstract

Welcome to this special edition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Mount Kembla Mine Disaster where we focus on the work of performers and artists who still record our Labour History. The mining disaster of 1902 left an indelible mark on the community of Mount Kembla, the death of 96 men and boys, the scared fabric of family and community life has become an integral part of the rich cultural history of the Illawarra Region. The contributions to this edition are representative of creative and ongoing ‘voices’ that record and mark the significance of events that contribute to Labour History. These ‘voices’ emerge as ongoing testimony of the importance to community of maintaining the memory of specific historical events and as such are an important contribution to the understanding of links between Labour History and Community.

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