Coalfields Local History Association Inc.

Library Research Grows

The Edgeworth David Museum's extensive Local History Library and Archives continues to grow , and will do so whilst ever floor-space remains available.

The total number of Hunter Valley towns and settlement histories now extends to  924 It is amazing just how the number of towns and settlements continues to grow as more and more research is undertaken.

We are a History Society for whom history, particularly local history always comes first.The number of coal mines listed with their history now number 930, cemeteries 120, councils 53, biographies 218, schools many with school photos 232, we also have hunter politicians 205 just to name some of the history you will find in our library.

Our research is growing each year. We have had some grants to help us with this. The library has been steadily growing with the help of the funding we have received.

 When schools bring students to visit us it isn't just the children who go home with added knowledge, it is also teachers, parents and cares.

The Percy Sternbeck Collection

We are digitising many of the photos taken by the late Percy Sternbeck, featuring local scenes back in the seventies and eighties.

Australian soldier

World War 1

We have recommenced producing research pages of the Hunter's involvement in this war, both at home and at the front.

Mostly this project has been unfunded, but the Department of Veteran Affairs has given us a grant in 2014 and as the project was still needing more pages to complete we were able to obtain more funding to continue our research into 2018.

This funding has helped us extend all areas of our  World War 1 research. We have many personal records of both Soldiers and Nurses who served our country added into our library collection.

At different times over the past twenty years we have undertaken this massive project. This has already resulted in us having arguably the most extensive library of the Hunter's involvement in WW1.

Prior to recommencing this project in January 2013, it already had 8,232 pages of research completed.