Celebrating the Last Working Pit Ponies in Australia
The Pit Pony Experience project is a community driven idea designed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the last working pit ponies in Australia. Retired from the Collinsville Coal Mine in 1990, Wharrier and Mr Ed were much loved workmates and members of the community. On the 28th of November, with the support of the Collinsville community, unveiled a life-size, bronze, pit pony statue, situated in the centre of the town. Built by the community, through a fundraising effort lasting 60 days, and collecting $190,500, the Pit Pony Experience not only honours the lives of the pit ponies, it recognises the strength that lies within small communities, to rise and forge ahead despite all odds.
The history, personal stories and facts about our working Pit Ponies