Coalfields Local History Association Inc.

Books for sale

Bellbird Mine Disaster of 1923.

Produced by the Coalfields Heritage Group – 17 page, A4 comb bound
Is a reproduction of a 1923 fund-raising publication, produced by George W. Rickwood, of the Cessnock Eagle newspaper. Tells of the Bellbird Colliery disaster which took so many lives.     $6.00

BETRAYAL - The Newcastle Coal Miners' lockout of 1862.

Relates the story of Australia’s first coal mining Lockout in 1862. This led to the founding of the original coal miners Union to fight injustice.
Interstate recruits to break this mining dispute were hired in South Australia and Victoria by a dishonest A.A. Co. manager, who caused the lockout. These recruits were hired on contracts, thus they sold their homes and everything they owned, and sailed to Newcastle. Once in Newcastle, the manager ignored their contracts, thus this one man completely ruined many families. Fate eventually turned on him in 1876, when he was drowned in a famous shipwreck, while still devising his evil plans.
by Brian J. Andrews, OAM. 56 page, A4 Comb bound     $10.00

Coal Miner's Daughter by Betty Hodges-Linton

A collection of short stories relating the living conditions surrounding Rose Ellen, a coal-miner’s daughter – from aged sixteen onwards, through times of hardship and turmoil within the Cessnock mining community.     A5 soft cover – 128 pages $15.00

The Coal Mines of Newcastle, NSW - Their Rise and Progress - 1890.
Reproduction of a popular 1890 book. Originally appeared as a series of feature articles in the Newcastle Morning Herald. It is presented in two sections - the coal companies and mines in existence, and - those in the course of construction, including those in the South Maitland field.
by George Kingswell.           86 A4 pages, comb bound.     $12.00