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Mt. Keira Colliery 1905
Mt. Keira Colliery
around 1905


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1878 ~

Nth Bulli Coal & Iron Co. opens a mine near Coledale

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Coalcliff Colliery – commences - January - (Coalcliff Mining Co) 6 miles north of Bulli Pass – by Clarke & Robertson, Thomas Hale as manager.

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Pioneer Kerosene Works - operations closed

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Mt. Kembla - The Mt. Kembla Coal & Oil Co. Ltd. formed to work coal from the property producing kerosene shale.

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A "Nth Bulli Colliery" (aka Coledale Colliery) commences (lasted 25 yrs) replaced by B pit (Nth Bulli)

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Coal Cliff jetty built - washed away 5 months later

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Steam locos replace horses on tramways

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Mt. Keira Colliery - ventilation headings called; Pratts (horse access); Porters; Rings; McGoldricks.

1879 ~

Mt. Keira Colliery - steam locos introduced (Keira No.1 & No.2)

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Coalcliff Colliery - installs Furnace Ventilation

 

 

coal factAn explosion ripped through Bulli Colliery on March 23rd 1887 killing 86 men and boys and devastating a community

bulli1.jpg (3536 bytes)Old Bulli Colliery

 

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1880 ~

Corrimal Colliery - opens at Mt. Corrimal ??

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Clifton Colliery - opens

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Coalcliff Colliery - Charles Harper replaces Thomas Hale as manager

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Mt. Kembla Mine - opens but short of capital - company then formed in England.

1881 ~

Coal Cliff jetty rebuilt - washed away - mine closed for 4 months

1882 ~

Bulli Colliery - tunnel into Balgownie seam

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Woonona Old Tunnel Colliery - opens.

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"Woniora" - Oct 28, founders off Botany Bay - loss of 17 lives

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Mt. Kembla Colliery - opens in 7' seam. (5 good seams of coal) - jetty built.

1883 ~

Coalcliff Colliery - Charles Stuart replaces Charles Harper as manager

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Corrimal Colliery - opened by Thomas Bertram

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Mt. Keira Colliery - No.1 shaft sunk to #2 seam (102m) & fitted w/- steam driven Walker fan, 12' dia. 100,000 cfm '@ 3/4" water gauge, replacing 3 furnace shafts

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Mt. Kembla Colliery - steam locos introduced

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Mt. Kembla jetty - at Five Islands Point (Pt. Kembla) built - 6m water & 120t/hr.

1884 ~

North Illawarra Coal Co. proposes to open 3 mines on Westmacott’s (between Excel No 2 & Nth Bulli)

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North Illawarra No. 1 Colliery - opens on site of old colliery started in 1878 by Nth Bulli Coal & Iron Co.

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South Cumberland Coal Mining Co. - formed to mine coal at Camp Ck.

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Long Point Jetty - Nth Illawarra Coal Co. - Austinmer built

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Corrimal Colliery - sold by Thomas Bertram to Southern Coal Co. ( incorporated in Eng.)

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Austinmer Colliery - steam locos introduced

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Mt. Pleasant Colliery - steam locos introduced

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Brokers Nose Colliery - proposed

1885 ~

Brokers Nose Colliery - commences July (Brookers Nose Coal Co. sic)

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Bulli (Sth) - (Russell Vale Colliery site) commences

1886 ~

Russell Vale Colliery - reopens as Sth Bulli Colliery under Thomas Saywell

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Nth Mt. Pleasant Mine - opens 2km north of original site.

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Bulli A & Bulli B - both working

1887 ~

Bellambi jetty - Sth Bulli Colliery - built w/- 6.9m water loading @ 200 t/hr

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Sth Bulli Colliery - first coal shipped in November

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Bulli Colliery - 86 lives lost in explosion at 2.30 pm March 23rd.

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Bellambi Colliery - steam locos introduced

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Austinmer Colliery - (aka Westmacott’s) commenced

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Long Point Jetty - 8m water @ high tide - load @ 120t/hr - "Waratah" wrecked.

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Five Islands Point - Southern Coal Co. - jetty built.

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