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   *1880  

1888 ~

Bellambi Coal Co. established

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Corrimal Colliery - taken over by Southern Coal Co.

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The Mt. Pleasant Coal & Iron Mining Company Ltd. Established

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Helensburgh Colliery - opened in March.

1889 ~

Bellambi - second jetty built

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Model Colliery - opens Nov 9, on same site as Woonona (Hales) Old Tunnel Colliery - by Bellambi Coal Co..

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South Bulli Colliery - reopens (William Wilson, Manager) employing 270 men

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Woonona Colliery - steam locos introduced

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Mt. Pleasant Coke Ovens - opens in Nth Wollongong. (next to railway bridge)

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Coalcliff Colliery - virtually closes

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Brokers Nose Colliery - closes, Sth Bulli & Brokers Nose Co. combine- renames mine " Corrimal Colliery"

 

 

coal factBroker's Nose Colliery was renamed Corrimal Colliery in 1889

Corrimal CollieryCorrimal Colliery

 

   *1890  

1890 ~

Corrimal Colliery - purchased by Southern Coal Co.(Ill. Mercury. 7/1/90)

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Sth Bulli Colliery - purchased by Ebenezer Vickery

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Another Mt. Kembla Mine? - opened in 1887 ( Sthn Coal Co.) - closes

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Ocean View Colliery - opened by Illawarra Harbour & Land Corp. sth of Mt. Kembla. Connected to the western shore of Lake Illawarra by 10.8km railway - rail crossing opened in 1895 but closed in 1902 - jetty idea abandoned due to problems dredging lake. Decision then made to make Pt. Kembla coal loading point.

1891 ~

Corrimal Colliery - taken over by Corrimal-Balgownie Collieries (subsequently Corrimal Coal & Coke Pty Ltd.)

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Sth Bulli Colliery - small explosion kills 1 man

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South Clifton Colliery - opens

1892 ~

Coalcliff Colliery - purchased by Ebenezer Vickery & John Keir Clark

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South Clifton Colliery - opens

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Mt. Kembla Colliery - 12.5 km railway to Red Point (Pt. Kembla)

1893 ~

Tongarra Colliery - started by William Brownlee (@ 800' asl) Aug. - 40' into "the purest & best gas coal some 22' thick."

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SS "Woonona" - wrecked at Fitzroy River

1895 ~

Original Austinmer Colliery - closed

1896 ~

Unanderra Coke Works (Southern Coal Co.) closes.

1898 ~

Wiley Mine - (fig. 66 "History of Coal Mining in Australia") Showing mine in use.

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A more northerly mine to Austinmer Colliery opened of smaller size

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The Mt. Pleasant Coal & Iron Mining Co. formed (public company)

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Nth Illawarra Colliery - closes

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Bellambi's second jetty destroyed with loss of collier - abandoned.

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Long Point Jetty - destroyed

1899 ~

Bulli Pass Colliery - (1/2 coke; 1/2 coal) v. little work carried out. Became part of Excelsior Colliery

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Unanderra Coke Works (Southern Coal Co.) reopens.

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Coalcliff Colliery - furnace ventilation ceases

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Mt. Keira Colliery - 8th Nov - purchased by Ebenezer Vickery & Sons from Osborne family

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Mt. Keira Colliery - 8th Dec - John McGeachie appointed manager.

 

   
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1900 ~

South Clifton installs coke ovens adjacent to railway

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Excelsior No.1 Colliery - commences - J. S. Kirkton (just north of Bulli Pass)

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South Bulli Colliery - sold by Ebenezer Vickery to Bellambi Coal Co.

1901 ~

Mt. Keira Colliery - 21st May - John McGeachie replaced by Jacob Carlos Jones (ex manager of Sth Bulli & Austinmer Collieries.

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Mt. Keira Colliery - purchased by Ebenezer Vickery from the Osborne family

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