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An Unofficial History of Coal Mining in the Illawarra

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Tunnel Colliery 1890
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   *1920  

1924 ~

Clifton Jetty - demolished

1925 ~

Wongawilli Colliery - additional 40 coke ovens installed

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Bulli Colliery - delayed when cinder encountered

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Corrimal Colliery - 1120' x 17' vent shaft (#2) sunk.

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Metropolitan Colliery - CO2 outburst, 200 tons, kills 2 miners.

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Mt. Kembla Colliery - replaces furnace with fan.

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Five Islands Point jetty derelict until 1925 (9m water @ low tide & load coal @ 300t/hr)

1926 ~

Nth Bulli Colliery - closes. (reopened on small scale later)

1927 ~

Nth Bulli Colliery - closes.

1929 ~

South Bulli No 1 Shaft reaches coal.

 

 

   
   *1930  

1932 ~

Parke’s Tongarra opens. Works for ~ 2 years.

1933 ~

Sth Kembla Colliery (adjoining Wongawilli Colliery to the north, acquired by G & C Hoskins

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Mt. Pleasant Colliery closes.

1934 ~

Mt. Pleasant Colliery goes into liquidation.

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Mt. Pleasant Colliery (Nthn side of Mt. Keira) purchased by E. Vickery & Sons 10/9/34

1935 ~

Mt. Pleasant Colliery taken over by Vickery & Sons (except MP.16) and renamed Keira Pleasant Tunnels

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Wongawilli Colliery & Pt Kembla Steelworks - purchased by BHP

1936 ~

Old Bulli Colliery - purchased by AIS

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Mt. Kembla Extended Colliery - closes.

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Wongawilli Colliery - longest haulage incline in world installed.

1937 ~

Mt. Keira Colliery - purchased by AIS on 26th January (includes Mt. Pleasant Colliery) from Vickery & Sons

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Mt. Keira Colliery - holes into Mt. Pleasant Colliery (5NE hdg in MP.15) 5th August

1938 ~

Coke works at Wongawilli Colliery closed - reopens in 1941 because of wartime demand

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Mt. Pleasant Power Station restarted to supply Mt. Keira Colliery

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Mt. Keira Colliery - Samson Coal Cutter, Blackett Conveyor & 9x Sullivan Coal Cutter introduced

1939 ~

Corrimal Colliery - Jeffrey cutters introduced

 

 

coal factWongawilli Colliery opened in 1915 and was purchased by BHP in 1935

wongawilli.jpg (3992 bytes)Wongawilli Colliery

 

   *1940  

1940 ~

Tongarra Colliery - purchased by Excelsior Collieries. (Parkes )

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Mt. Keira Colliery - takes electric power from steelworks

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Metropolitan Colliery - 8BU loaders introduced

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Mt. Kembla jetty condemned.

1941 ~

Wongawilli Colliery - Coke works reopens

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Prospecting in #3 seam at Mt. Keira & Mt. Pleasant by BHP for future utilisation

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Port Kembla No 2 - Colliery opens

1942 ~

Mt. Keira Colliery - operates diesel locos u/g

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North Bulli Colliery - re-opens

1943 ~

Tongarra Colliery purchased by Excelsior Collieries of Thirroul. (R. Fullager then A. Smith as manager ).

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Bulli jetty at Sandon point washed away in storm - abandoned (8m water at jetty & loaded @ 120t/hr)

1944 ~

Coal Cliff Colliery taken over by Commonwealth Coal Commissioner

1945 ~

Mt. Kembla Colliery purchased by AIS Ltd. (until 1970)

1946 ~

Nebo Colliery opened by BHP in Wongawilli seam (using track mounted mechanisation)

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Mt. Keira Colliery - operations started in Wongawilli seam in April (in addition to Bulli seam)

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Huntly Colliery commences as small, privately owned mine by Waugh Bros.

1947 ~

Wongawilli Colliery - track mounted machine loading introduced

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