Pit Pony History

Kindy 50 Year Reunion Weekend & New Pit Pony Mural

On Saturday, the 17th of September the Collinsville Scottville Kindergarten celebrated 50 years in operation with a reunion market day. Hundreds turned up to catch up with old friends, teachers, and to enjoy the day’s events. The Kindy would like to thank all who were able to attend. The kindy would also like to that…

Coalface Experience Audio Tour App now available

The Pit Pony Experience and Coalface Experience are the two main tourist attractions in Collinsville. We’re excited to share that the Coalface Experience has launched its very own App to offer visitors to the museum and audio guide through the various displays. The App is free and can be found by searching for the Coalface…

Memories of When I was a Boy by John Williams

Back in the early nineteen fifties, my father Walter (Mucca-Welsh for mate) Williams (pictured below) was employed as a horse keeper at the stables of the state mine. His duties were to harness the pit ponies (Clydesdales) and send them off down to number one tunnel, where the disaster was later to occur. Some would…

Della the Pit Pony

We received a lovely email this week from Russell Buckley describing the horse in one of our favourite images: Dear Sue, Thank you for the email with the links and photos, what a collection! The black and white photo of the grey mare on the cover page of the Pit Pony Experience, has anybody given…

End of an Era

This newspaper article surely brings back some memories for Collinsville locals! Published on the 2nd of February, 1990, the last two working pit ponies Wharrier and Mr Ed are featured as they emerge from the No.2 Mine for the final time.

Looking Back

A blast from the past for a Wednesday morning, this article describes the day-to-day lives of the pit ponies working alongside the machinery that eventually replaced them.

Personal Pony Stories…

We launched our online crowdfunding campaign on the 5th of February… and the message flowed out through the community with young and old donating to the project. While most donations happened online or at the CCT, we were pleasantly surprised to receive a lovely letter and donation from Jean Tudehope. A couple of phone calls,…

25 Year Celebration

On the 5th of February, 2015, the Collinsville Community gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the retirement of Wharrier and Mr Ed, Australia’s last working pit ponies. After a social catch up and sausage sizzle (fantastic to catch up with the locals!) the formal proceedings began with the screening of an ABC documentary about…