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Mt. Kembla 1902
Mt. Kembla after the
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   *1900  

1901 ~

South Bulli Colliery - sold by Ebenezer Vickery to Bellambi Coal Co.

1902 ~

Nth Bulli (new) Colliery - opened immediately above Coledale railway station under the control of Hyde & Cater, on the site of previously abandoned mine

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Coalcliff Colliery - purchased by E. Vickery & Sons

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Sth Bulli Colliery - purchased by Bellambi Coal Co.

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Government takes over Southern Coal Co.

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Mt. Kembla Colliery - disaster July 31st.- 95 men died - mine reopens 24th Sept.

1903 ~

Tongarra Colliery - Percy Owen takes over from William Brownlee as mine operator.

1904 ~

Tongarra Colliery - in 300' from outcrop. Murray Brownlee manager for Yuill & Co. of Corrimal

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Coalcliff jetty lost in storm (150')

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Black Ball Colliery - (Pors. 82 & 83 Woonona) 7' seam dirty. Probably Plunketts Hill or Tongarra seam

1905 ~

Excelsior No.2 Colliery - commences - Ryan (immediately below Bulli Pass Lookout) Combined w/- Excelsior No. 1

1906 ~

Corrimal Colliery (aka Brokers Nose) - 91' upthrow fault encountered - new entrance established 1.5 km sth - by G. S. Yuill & Coy. Pty Ltd. and to be known as Corrimal-Balgownie Colliery

1907 ~

Bulli Bight - jetty rebuilt - damaged

1908 ~

Corrimal Colliery - 780' x 14' vent shaft (#1) sunk. Fitted with Sirocco, 91" dia. double inlet fan

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Tongarra Colliery - further development by Percy Owen

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Sth. Clifton Tunnel Colliery - opened

1909 ~

Coalcliff Colliery - purchased by Coalcliff Collieries Ltd.

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Balgownie Colliery (Owen's) - commenced near Mt. Pleasant in 4' seam.

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Bulli Colliery - delay due to basalt dyke encountered

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Bellambi jetty - rebuilt

 

 

coal factThe disaster at Mt. Kembla Colliery on July 31st 1902 claimed the lives of 95 men

Mt. KemblaDevastation at the pit top of Mt. Kembla

 

   *1910  

1910 ~

Coalcliff jetty - abandoned

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Tongarra Colliery (Owen's) - commenced. Operated till early 1920's

1911 ~

Coke ovens erected near Corrimal by Southern Coal Co. moving from Unanderra

1912 ~

Australian Coke Making Co. at Unanderra closes.

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Sth. Clifton Colliery - tunnels driven to replace shafts.

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Bulli Bight - jetty rebuilt - damaged

1913 ~

Balgownie Colliery (Owen's) - closed

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Mt. Kembla Colliery - Mount Kembla Collieries Ltd. takes over. (until 1946)

1914 ~

Tongarra Colliery - 6 ton sample to Sydney w/- prospect of supplying railways - did not succeed in bid.

1915 ~

Wongawilli Colliery - opens in Wongawilli seam

1916 ~

Five Islands Point jetty in constant use till now.

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Wongawilli Colliery - holdings purchased by G & C Hoskins & Development commenced

1917 ~

Bulli Colliery - coal cutters withdrawn due to concern with dust & gas.

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Woonona Colliery - closes??

1918 ~

Part of Brokers Nose collapses in large land slip.

1919 ~

South Clifton Colliery - closes, plus the 32 coke ovens . Remaining coal to be extracted by the adjoining mine at Wombarra.
   
   *1920  

1920 ~

Wongawilli Colliery - Washery (first on Sth Coast) installed plus 40 coke ovens

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Mt. Kembla Colliery - Machines withdrawn - concern with dust & gas.

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Illawarra Colliery - Illawarra Coal Co. acquires leases & opens colliery (by 1933 known as PK 2 Colliery

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South Clifton Shaft closes down.

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Bulli Jetty still in use (fig.97 CMHA)

1921 ~

Metropolitan Colliery - Huddart Parker Ltd. takes over

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Mt. Kembla Extended Colliery (previously Owen's Balgownie Colliery) opens

1922 ~

Bellambi Colliery - closes (Sth Bulli ???)

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