Bernard Shaw once claimed that history should be taught through historical fiction. His argument, semi facetious, was that only works of imagination can give the full experience of events—the emotional and sensory experience as well as the intellectual and factual. A good historical drama such as Wendy Richardson’s Windy Gully can do this and more. The huge and many faceted event that was the Mt Kembla mine disaster is distilled to two hours on the stage and the human dimension of it is made accessible to an audience.
Recommended CitationDavis, Des, History and Drama—The Mt Kembla Mine Disaster 1902, Illawarra Unity - Journal of the Illawarra Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, 3(1), 2003, 22-25.