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The Battle of Bulli: Women, Children & Striking Coalminers repel Blacklegs, Police & a Steam Locomotive at Bulli, New South Wales, Australia: Monday, 17th January 1887


A little known incident in the annals of Australia’s industrial history occurred in the small New South Wales coastal mining village of Bulli on the morning of Monday, 17 January 1887, when a group of some 400 or 500 townsfolk, with over 150 women to the fore, confronted and stood down a group of scab labourers sent from Sydney to break a long-running strike. This incident is cited as perhaps the first united feminist action in Australian history. Its background lay in outstanding industrial issues going back to the previous year.