Coalfields Local History Association Inc.

Coalfields Local History Association Inc
the Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum

The Coalfields Local History Association operates a heritage centre, the Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum, where rich history and heritage information about the coalfields of the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia, can be found in its library and archives. The Association researches, records, preserves, publishes and teaches its regional history.

Researchers are encouraged to visit and use the resources. We welcome new members!

You are also welcome to join us on our Facebook page.

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We are open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

We are not open on public holidays. 

Gold coin donation is appreciated

You may be interested in some of our great photos on our Flickr site of the Coalfields and surrounding area. 


We remember:

Cessnock, Saturday [1 September 1923], - An appalling disaster occurred this afternoon at Bellbird Colliery, one of the best and busiest on the Maitland coalfields. The disaster occurred in No. 3 section of the mine, shortly after 2 p.m.

Twenty-One Men Killed in Maitland Colliery Disaster (1923, September 2). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 7

The slide show above features photos of Bellbird Colliery, certificates awarded to two men who participated in the rescue and recovery, photos of the unveiling of the Memorial in 1990 and a link to the video of the opening by Mrs Dallas Hayden, wife of the Governor General Bill Hayden.