I wrote the play Windy Gully in 1987 for Theatre South but the song Windy Gully was written some fifteen years earlier. Our family came to Kembla in 1968. We bought as a job lot a large dilapidated two and a half storey weather board general store, com dance hall/meeting place, domestic dwelling (circa 1895), a huge corrugated iron shed and an imported Hudson ready-cut Californian bungalow (built 1932). In the house was an old desk and in a drawer was a copy of the Royal Commission into the Mount Kembla Mine Disaster of 1902.
Recommended CitationRichardson, W., Songs from Windy Gully, Illawarra Unity - Journal of the Illawarra Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, 3(1), 2003, 26-32.