From left: Jack Keily and Bede Kelly in the new cable repair shop at
Northern (Rhondda) Colliery - mid 1960s by Barry Howard.
University of Newcastle Cultural Collections

Mineworkers

These men worked in the local mines and these interviews give a vivid picture of their working lives.

  • Bob Abner - History of Abermain. Recorded 8 June 1980.
  • Bill Alcock (1906-?) - Chief Clerk at Bellbird Colliery. Recorded 27 December 1983 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
  • Johnny Allan (1917-2000) - Mineworker, Aberdare Extended Colliery. 15 November 1989.
  • Eileen and Bill Armstrong - Abermain residents. Bill worked in the mines. Recorded 18 November 1984 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Fred Armstrong (1905-1995) - Electrical and Mechanical Engineer. Recorded 2 May 1983 - Part 1| Part 2 | Part 3
  • Charlie Atfield (1909-1988) - Mineworker, Rothbury Colliery. Recorded 19 April 1988.

 

  • George Bainbridge (1904-) - Electrical Engineer in the mines. Recorded 20 April 1982 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Michael Barrett - Manager, Ellalong Colliery. Recorded 11 February 1991.
  • Jack Barrett (1904-1991) - Mineworker, Neath Colliery. Wilson Barrett (1909-1996) - Mines Surveyor and Manager.
  • Arthur Beckett (1907-1985) - Miner (Greta). Recorded 30 November 1983 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
  • Leo Beckett - Mine worker. Recorded 22 December 1993 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Jack Bell - Mine worker. Recorded 26 January 1994.
  • Bill Bender (1893-1983) - Miner and wheeler. Recorded 19 July 1978 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Adrian Owen and Greg Bevan - Pelton Colliery. Recorded 4 June 1991.
  • Herbert Blissett (1894-1991)- Ganger - Mines. Recorded 30 July 1982 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Ken Brennan (1920-2006) - Miner, Paxton Colliery. Recorded 18 December 1991 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Bert Brown - Mining Engineer. Recorded 20 March 1982
  • Garney Brown - Mine Blacksmith and Farmer. Recorded 15 March 1983. - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Jim Comerford (1913-2006), George Brown (c.1918-1991), Bill Northey (1924-2001) & Ern Dunlop (1914-1998) discuss Stanford Main, Richmond Main & Pelaw Main Collieries. Recorded 12 June 1988 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • John Brown (1908-1990) - Chief Clerk, Abermain No. 2. Recorded 19 February 1984 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • "Obby" Butler - Mineworker, Ayrfield No. 3 Colliery et al. Recorded 26 May 1993 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Roland Butler (1911-1994) - Mine worker. Recorded 16 March 1988 - Part 1 | Part 2

 

  • Mick Cagney (1899-1984) - Chairman, Aberdare Central Colliery Miners Lodge. Recorded 10 March 1980 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
  • Jim Capper (1899-1990) - Mineworker, Elrington Colliery & Mulbring resident. Recorded 16 June 1982 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Frank Chatterton (1918-2000) - Shunter, Bellbird Colliery. Recorded 11 February 1991.
  • Tom Coaldrake - Fitter and turner in the mines. Recorded 7 November 1984 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Harry Cockerill (1899-1987) - Miners Federation official. Recorded 22 March 1983 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • Stan Coffey - Mine manager. Recorded 14 January 1988 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Andrew Colvin (1924-2008) - Mines surveyor and undermanager. Recorded 1 November 1990 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • Jim Comerford (1913-2006) - General Secretary of the Miners Federation. Recorded 10 August 1984 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Jim Comerford (1913-2006), George Brown (c.1918-1991), Bill Northey (1924-2001) & Ern Dunlop (1914-1998) discuss Stanford Main, Richmond Main & Pelaw Main Collieries. Recorded 12 June 1988 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Jack Cruikshank - Mine worker. Recorded 26 January 1994.
  • Norman Cruickshank - Greta mineworker. Recorded 14 January 1984 - Part 1 | Part 2

 

  • Bobby Davies (1914-2011) - Mineworker, Pelton Colliery - Recorded 9 April 1990. Part 1 | Part 2
  • Billy Davey (1906-1997) - Cessnock mineworker, barber & boxer. Recorded 22 January 1979 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Arthur "Cec" Davies (1900-1984) - Mineworker, Aberdare Colliery, NSW. Recorded 20 July 1982 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Harry Day - Miner. Recorded 4 August 1983.
  • Aleck Deitz (1902-?) - Miner.
  • Ron Day (1923-2014) - Engineer, Aberdare Central Colliery. Recorded 19 December 1989.
  • Eric Delaney (1907-1985) - Aberdare Central Colliery mineworker. Recorded 8 December 1980.
  • Barry Dimmock - Miner, New Greta & Leconfield Collieries. Recorded 10 February 1994.
  • Harold Dodd (1918-1990) - Mine worker, Aberdare Extended Colliery. Recorded 1 March 1982 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • Harold Dodd & Jack Hamilton - Mine workers. Recorded 1 December 1987.
  • Jack "Digger" Dodd (1915-1986) - Mining surveyor and underground manager. Recorded 5 March 1984 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
  • Jack Doherty (1920-) - Undermanager. Recorded 9 February 1988 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • Tom Dorrington - Colliery worker. Recorded 30 September 1977 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Roley Downes (1900-) - Mineworker, Abermain Colliery. Recorded 23 August 1983.
  • Jim Comerford (1913-2006), George Brown (c.1918-1991), Bill Northey (1924-2001) & Ern Dunlop (1914-1998) discuss Stanford Main, Richmond Main & Pelaw Main Collieries. Recorded 12 June 1988 - Part 1 | Part 2

 

  • Jack Evans (1914-1994) - Mineworker, Maitland Main Colliery. Recorded 26 July 1992.

 

  • Bill Farrimond (1900-1996) - Fettler on the Aberdare line. Recorded 4 December 1983.
  • Dave Ferguson (1909-1994) - Mineworker, Pelton Colliery. Recorded 4 June 1991.
  • William Fitzpatrick (1915-2002) - District Councillor. Recorded 13 February 1991 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Vince Forbes (1894-1981) - Mineworker, Abermain No. 2 Colliery. Recorded 18 November 1981.
  • Allan Fowler (1910-2000) - Electrician & engineer. Recorded 3 August 1992.
  • A.J. Mick Frame - Miner. Recorded 3 April 1981 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Fred Franklin (1922-1991) & Billy Nolan - Mineworkers, Aberdare No. 7 Colliery. Recorded 1 March 1990.
  • Bill Freeman (1905-) - Mine worker, Whitburn & Leconfield Collieries. Recorded 6 February 1994.
  • John Freeman - Mineworker, Leconfield Colliery. Recorded 9 February 1994.

 

  • Ron Garnett (1919-2003) - Engine driver, Kalingo & Pelton Collieries. Recorded 11 November 1991.
  • Bill Gerrish (1924-2010) - Kurri Kurri resident & mineworker. Recorded 10 January 1983 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Dick Gibson - Mining family. Recorded 8 April 1984 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Bill Gleghorn (1905-1994) - Sidler, Bellbird Colliery. Recorded 5 August 1983 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • Charles Goode (1915-1998) - Electrical engineer. Millfield & Bloomfield Collieries. Recorded 2 June 1992.
  • Arthur Goodwin (1912-1999) - Mine worker. Recorded 4 March 1988.
  • Andy Gow (1922-2003) - Mine Manager. Recorded 28 April 1988. - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Austin Greener - Mine manager and Inspector for the Mines Department. Recorded 24 March 1988.

 

  • Keith Hall (1918-1999) - Mineworker, Paxton Colliery. Recorded 18 November 1991.
  • Fred Hallam (1915-1983) - Mines Clerk & Solicitor. Recorded 25 November 1981 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Roy Harden (1923-2002) - Mineworker and Aberdare Taxi Driver. Recorded 4 August 1982 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Ken Hartcher (1918-2013) - Mine worker. Recorded 3 May 1988 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • Ray Hawkins (1914-) - Ostler, Ayrfield No. 3 Colliery. Recorded 30 September 1992.
  • Ted Hayler (1897-) - Mine Manager, Cessnock No. 2 & Neath Collieries.
  • Dick Hemsworth - Miner. Recorded 23 March 1983
  • Dick Henwood (1919-2005) - Mine Manager. Recorded 20 June 1985 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Ron Higginbottom - Fitter & welder, Pelton Colliery. Recorded 11 February 1991 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Alf and Gladys Hodge - Mineworker and Sister. Recorded 14 January 1994.
  • Tom Hoggan - Mineworker. Recorded 30 March 1981
  • Ian Hotchkis (1920-1998), Electrical Engineer. Recorded 26 March 1982 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Baden Howard, Bricklayer. Recorded 19 April 1983 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • Bob Hutchinson - Group Engineer for Coal & Allied. 29 October 1987 - Part 1 | Part 2

 

 

 

  • Jack Keily - Electrical & mechanical engineer. Recorded 9 March 1993. Part 1/1.
  • Bede Kelly - (1907-1988) - Executive with the R.W. Miller Group. Recorded 7 December 1985 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • Jim Kerr - Mineworker, Aberdare Extended Colliery. Recorded 20 November 1989.
  • Nell Kirk née Wood - wife of Ab Kirk, mine deputy & fitter. Recorded 12 January 1984 - Part 1 | Part 2

 

  • Ernest "Joe" Lambert - Linesman, Cockle Creek Power Station. Recorded 30 March 1982.
  • Kevin Lane (1930-2010) - Engineer. Recorded 9 February 1988
  • Charlie Laut (1909-1997) - Mineworker & Deputy. Recorded 7 May 1979.
  • Rab Lewis (1906-1999) - Manager, Rover Motors, Cessnock. Recorded 30 June 1978 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Ned Lightfoot (1913-2001) - Miners' Lodge office bearer. Recorded 18 October 1977 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

 

  • Hunter & Tom MacDonald - Miners, Ayrfield No. 3 Colliery. Recorded 9 June 1993 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Ritchie Machinson - Mine worker. Recorded 14 January 1994 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Ian Macleod - Mine manager. Recorded 13 May 1992 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Frank Manning (1902-1989) - Miner, Hebburn No. 1 Colliery. Recorded 2 August 1983 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • Mickey Marshall (1919-1999) - Sidler, roof bolter, Aberdare No. 7 Colliery. Recorded 13 December 1990.
  • Terry Martin - Mine worker. Recorded 26 January 1994.
  • Tom Mather (1896-1983) - Mineworker, Hebburn Nos. 1 & 2 Collieries. Recorded 4 May 1982 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Art Mawson (1901-1992) - Mining operator, Greta fields. Recorded 22 May 1988 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Jim Maxwell (1912-) - Trapper, Whitburn Colliery. Recorded 1 April 1985.
  • Joe McHarg (c.1917-2008) - Chief Engineer, Coal & Allied. Recorded 05 April 1982 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Bill McIntosh [1911-1989]- & Hazel McIntosh née Elliott (1919-2014) - Cessnock residents, mineworker. Recorded 19 June 1984.
  • Harry McKendry (1913-1995) - Superintendent of mines. Recorded 1 May 1990 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Bruce McKensey (1917-) - Chief General Superintendent, Coal & Allied. Recorded 5 April 1982. Part 1 | Part 2
  • Jim "Nipper" McKenzie (1917 - 1988) - Kurri Kurri miner. Recorded 25 November 1981 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • George McLeod (c. 1931-2016) - Colliery Clerk, Hebburn No. 1 & 2. Collieries. Recorded 28 November 1985 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • David (1890-1980) & Hannah Miles née Jeffries (1904-1990) - Bellbird Colliery. Recorded 13 May 1979.
  • Jim Mitchell - Mines Deputy on the longwall. Recorded 1 May 1991 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Norm Monger (1920-2005) - Superintendent, BHP Collieries Pty Ltd. Recorded 15 March 1988.
  • "Monty" Montgomery (1896-1998) - Miner. Recorded 17 June 1982 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Jack Moody (1910-1981) - Miner - Recorded 29 February 1980 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Jack Moore - Miner. 30 March 1981 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Harry Morgan - Mine worker. 7 December 1987.
  • Frank Morton (1911-) - Spragger from Cessnock. 30 March 1981.
  • David Murdoch (1900-) - Electrical engineer. Recorded 5 April 1982 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Hugh "Bunny" Murdoch (1914-1997) - Mineworker, Aberdare Extended Colliery.
  • Ambrose Murray (1918-2010) - Mineworker and greyhound trainer.

 

  • Ted Newton and Merv Scarlett - Mine workers and railway worker. Recorded 26 January 1994.
  • Fred Franklin (1922-1991) & Billy Nolan - Mineworkers, Aberdare No. 7 Colliery. Recorded 1 March 1990.
  • Frank Norris (1911-1992) - Bratticer, Aberdare Extended Colliery. Recorded 20 November 1989 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Jim Comerford (1913-2006), George Brown (c.1918-1991), Bill Northey (1924-2001) & Ern Dunlop (1914-1998) discuss Stanford Main, Richmond Main & Pelaw Main Collieries. Recorded 12 June 1988 - Part 1 | Part 2

 

  • Fred Oakes (1921 - 2007) - Mine worker. Recorded 23 June 1985 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Lyle O'Connell - Mine worker. Recorded 9 February 1988.
  • John O'Connor - Clipper & Wheeler, Pelton & Bellbird Collieries. Recorded 20 February 1991 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Ron Olive (1927-2005) - Electrical engineer, Pelton Colliery. Recorded 09 April 1990 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • Hunter Orchard (1935-2009) - Braceman. Recorded 1 September 1991.
  • Alec Orr - Sidler & contract miner, Maitland Main Colliery. Recorded 27 July 1992.
  • Jim Orr (1908-2001) - Mine worker and football enthusiast.
  • Reg Osland (1903 - 1995) - Timber getter and miner. Recorded 8 June 1982.
  • Roy Osland - Brunkerville miner. Recorded 20 April 1983 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
  • Adrian Owen and Greg Bevan - Pelton Colliery. Recorded 4 June 1991.
  • Bruce Owen - Mine worker and Branxton resident. Recorded 29 September 1984 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • Darcy Owen - Wheeler, Maitland Extended and Ayrfield No. 3 Collieries.

 

  • Harry Parker (1905-1997) - Clerk, Stanford Main Colliery. Recorded 11 November 1991.
  • Jack Payne (1897-1982) - Miner and long term Weston resident. Recorded 28 February 1980 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Jack Peters (1906-1998) - Miner, Aberdare West Colliery, and early official, Cessnock Vigoro Association.
  • Roy Philp (1919-1985) - Carpenter, Bellbird & Aberdare Extended Collieries. Recorded 2 November 1982.
  • Norm Pike (1924-2011) - Mineworker, Maitland Main Colliery. Recorded 26 July 1992.
  • James Pitkeathly (1897-1991) - From Clipper to Mines Inspector. Recorded 13 April 1978 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • David "Dai" Price (1893-1996) -- Mine worker, Aberdare Extended Colliery.
  • David Prout (1906-) - Bellbird Miners Lodge Secretary. Recorded 5 December 1983. - Part 1 | Part 2

 

  • Cec Radimey (1906-1999) - Musician and mine worker. Recorded 20 July 1983 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Bill (1907-1990) & Edith Rampling née Parker (1909-1996) - Kurri Kurri residents. Recorded 23 October 1984 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Percy Reid (1919-2011) - Mechanical Engineer & Manager, Pelton Colliery. Recorded 24 March 1988 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Tom Rennex (1904-1991) - Mineworker, Aberdare Colliery. Recorded 4 December 1983.
  • Tom "Stiffy" Roberts (1910-) - Mine worker, Abermain Collieries. Recorded 23 August 1983 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • Ken Robertson - Engineer & Inspector of Mines. Recorded 8 April 1982.
  • Bob Robinson (1907-1990) - Mine worker and jockey. Recorded 6 June 1982 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • George Robinson (1898-1988) - Mine worker and insurance agent - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Jack Robinson (1907-) - Deputy, Bellbird Colliery. Recorded 13 July 1983 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Catherine and George Ross - Bellbird residents. Recorded 4 April 1983.
  • Jack Rumford (1910-1995) - Electrician, Aberdare Extended Colliery. Recorded 24 January 1982 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Alec Rutherford - Undermanager, Bellbird Colliery. Recorded 6 February 1990 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Bob Rutherford - Shiftman at Bellbird Colliery. Recorded 1 December 1983.
  • Jimmy Rutherford (1903-1996) - Wheeler, Bellbird Colliery. Recorded 9 April 1990.
  • Thomas Rutherford (1881-1982) - Clipper, Bellbird Colliery. Recorded 16 August 1980 - Part 1 | Part 2

 

  • Henry Scanlon (1902-1987) - Miners Federation official. Recorded 10 February 1984.
  • Bill Seward - Superintendent of Collieries. Recorded 11 March 1988 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • Pat Shanahan (1903-1985) - Timekeeper. Recorded 25 April 1984. Part 1 | Part 2
  • Tom Shanahan (1893-1986) - Mineworker, New Greta Colliery. Recorded 3 June 1984.
  • Maurie Shaw (1929-2007) - Engine driver, Paxton Colliery. Recorded 18 December 1991.
  • John Shoebridge - Mine Manager. Recorded 29 January 1988 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • Kevin Simpson - Waste examiner, Pelton Colliery. Recorded 18 January 1991 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Harold Slade (1903-1998) - Miner and pottery worker.
  • John Slater - Mine worker. Recorded 14 January 1994
  • Alec Smith (1908-) - Wheeler. Recorded 13 January 1984. Part 1 | Part 2
  • Ern Smith - Chief Clerk with Coal & Allied, Abermain No. 1. Recorded 9 February 1984. Part 1 | Part 2
  • Sid Smith (1891-1987) - Welder. Recorded 6 February 1984.
  • Jack Snape (1904-1985) - Mineworker. Recorded 12 April 1983. Part 1 | Part 2
  • Alec Spink (1918-1999) - Mine worker, Aberdare Central Colliery. Recorded 5 March 1986 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Colin Stone (1914 - 2004) - Mining Industry. Recorded 29 April 1988.
  • Ian Sumner (1915-1999) -- Fitter, Kalingo Colliery.

 

  • Peter and Lena Thomas - Peter was a mine worker. Recorded 16 November 1984. Part 1 | Part 2
  • Ray "Monty" Thomas (1924-2009) - Fitter, Ayrfield No. 6 Colliery. Recorded 13 July 1992. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
  • Bob "Rocket" Thompson - Mine worker. Recorded 19 October 1987.
  • Dennis Thomson - Loco driver, [Bellbird Colliery]. [n.d.].
  • Eric Thompson, Mine worker, Pelton Colliery. Recorded 1 May 1991.
  • Jack Thomson - Mineworker, Maitland Main Colliery. Recorded c. 1989.
  • Peter Thomson (1897-2001) - Hunter Valley Linesman. Recorded 18 February 1984. Part 1 | Part 2
  • Ron Thomson - Welder, Paxton Colliery. Recorded 10 February 1992.
  • Arthur Threadgate (1912-1991) -- Mine worker, Bellbird No. 2 Colliery. Recorded 9 November 1990.
  • Les Tiedeman (1904-) - Mine worker, East Greta. Recorded 1 March 1984. Part 1 | Part 2

 

 

  • Athol Walters - Mine worker. Recorded 14 January 1988 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Merv Walters - Fitter, Aberdare No. 7 and Aberdare East Collieries. Recorded 4 February 1990.
  • Don Watson - Mine worker. Recorded 11 January 1988.
  • Russell Watson - Mine worker. Recorded 4 March 1988.
  • Bob White (c.1922-2009) - Chief clerk, Maitland Main Colliery. Recorded 14 December 1987 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Noel White - Chief surveyor in the mining industry and NRL representative.
  • Jim Wilkie (1910-) - Mineworker, Aberdare Central & Hebburn No. 2 Collieries. Recorded 27 June 1978 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • David Wilkinson (1902-1984) - Mineworker. Aberdare Extended, Aberdare Central & Elrington Collieries. Recorded 12 January 1984 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • George Wilkinson (1900-) - Mineworker, Abermain No. 2 Colliery. Recorded 31 July 1983 - Part 1 | Part 2.
  • Alf and Agnes Williams - Cessnock residents. Recorded 26 July 1982 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Ray Williams - Secretary, Maitland Main Miners Federation Lodge. Recorded 11 December 1989 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Frank Wilton (1901-) - Blacksmith, New Greta Colliery. Recorded 13 January 1984 - Part 1 | Part 2
  • Jack Wood (1908-1984) - Mine Worker. Recorded 7 February 1978.
  • Allen Wright (1918-2007) - Mineworker, Bellbird & Aberdare Collieries. Recorded 18 November 1981.