Bravery awards for mine workers
FOUR men who received bravery awards from the NSW Governor this week for their courageous actions during the Nymboida Mine explosion of 1976, are the subject of a film screening on pay tv tonight.
The men, Ian Carter, Neil McLennan, Trevor McLennan and the late John Tapp were awarded the Governor General's Group Bravery Citation on Thursday for risking their lives to rescue fellow miners during the disaster.
On January 12, 1976 there was an explosion almost 400 metres into the mine, and the miners scrambled to safety, a number of them suffering burns and other injuries.
When one miner didn't come out, the manager of the union-owned mine, John Tapp, knew the rescue team was hours away and decided to go back into the burning mine himself.
The McLennan brothers and Ian Carter decided to go with him.
They found the young man dead inside the tunnel, and his body was brought out.
A documentary, Last Stand at Nymboida, was made in 2010 about the fascinating part of our local history, including the workers revolt and takeover of the mine and the 1976 explosion.
The film, which has won 18 international awards,is screening on the History channel tonight and hopefully will be shown on free to air sometime soon.