Master Storyteller Tom Ware — ‘The Sixty Milers’

Today, the art of oral storytelling is a rare skill. But some things never change; everyone loves a good story.

Master Storyteller Tom Ware returns to the SMSA to pay tribute to little coal ships which plied the coast from Hexham, Newcastle to Sydney, and from the Illawarra up to Sydney.

For a hundred years the city of Sydney was reliant upon coal.  Itl powered the power-houses, the gas works, the boilers of buildings and the big ships which came and went. Most of our coal came either from the Hunter or the Illawarra region. It was roughly sixty miles from Hexham, Newcastle to Sydney Heads, and it was also roughly sixty miles from Bulli and Coalcliffe on the South coast, hence their name: ‘The Sixty Milers’.

Tom Ware will give a mesmerising and tragic account of the final journey of one particular ‘Sixty Miler’, the Birchgrove Park, which sank off Baranjoey in August 1956.


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