Many of the towns and cities within the greater Hunter region owe their foundations and their economies to the coal industry. From the first discovery of coal in Newcastle in 1797, it has shaped the growth of our landscape as it has shaped our communities. 

This exciting project was made possible by a grant from the Coal & Allied Community Development Fund. It celebrates and commemorates the lives of the people of the coal mining communities in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia, and shows the close links between the people and the places in which they lived and worked.

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Please note that this site has been transferred to the Coalfields Local History Association Inc and changes will be happening during 2022.

The panels used for the exhibition are now held by the CLHA and copies of the book written to accompany the exhibition may be purchased at the Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum.


 A Pit Colliery, Newcastle, 1899

Interior of Hall's house, Belmont, 1903 

This site will continue to grow. We need your stories! If you would like to share your stories or photos of life in the coal mining industry or communities, please contact us.