Coalfields Local History Association Inc.

Coalfields Local History Association

In 1996 a small group of historians, dissatisfied with the lack of authentic local history of the Cessnock and Maitland districts, established a new historical society, which they called the Coalfields Heritage Group. The group is now the Coalfields Local History Association Inc

To help them along the way the Kurri Kurri High School made their vacant Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum (the former Pokolbin Public School) available to the Group as its headquarters. The first thing the new Group did was to establish a local history library and archives to display all of their research, writings, documents, photographs, newspapers, magazines and books.

Unlike their predecessors, the history societies who led the way, the Association has been prolific in undertaking research, producing an enormous library and writing more than 60 books along the way.

Today, the Edgeworth David Museum and its Library and Archives is recognised as one of the leading history and heritage centres in Australia, with over 3.25 million pages of information, with visitors coming from all over Australia and overseas to use its facilities.

Aims and Objectives

To discover, record, print, preserve, advise on, and teach the history-heritage of the Region.

Freely available for ...

  • School excursions
  • Coach visits
  • Family historians
  • Anyone with an interest in the history of the Coalfields!
(Donations accepted.)


  • Covered picnic seating
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Toilet facilities
Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum

 The Edgeworth David Museum

    Opening Hours

  The Museum and Resource Centre

           are open on

  • Sundays
  • Wednesdays and
  • Public holidays

   from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.


            Admission is free.
         (Donations accepted)


Meetings are held at the museum on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, commencing at 12 noon.