The Mining And Energy Union Podcast

Sailor, Brownie, Captain, Red: Remembering our pit ponies

Episode Summary

The WA Coal Mining Industry is centred on the town of Collie in the South West of the state - the local mines and power stations have been keeping the lights on in WA for generations. Collie Coal Mining has an incredible history - and they’ve been celebrating that history recently. They’ve got a underground coal mine replica, virtual reality shovel diggers so aspiring miners can put on a headset and try their skills, and they have just unveiled a bronze life size replica of a pit pony - a sight not seen for over 50 years. We go on a journey into the past to discover the stories of the pit ponies, through two local legends, Alf Sanford and Laurie Old.