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   *1940  

1947 ~

Tongarra Colliery - May - G. Roberts takes over from A. Smith as manager

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Sth Bulli Colliery - scraper loaders introduced

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Coal Cliff Colliery - control by Commonwealth Coal Commissioner lifted

1948 ~

Coke works & washery at Wongawilli closed

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Excelsior No.1 Colliery closes

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Kembla - Keira Tunnel - work commences

1949 ~

Bulli Colliery - contract mining ceases

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Kembla - Keira Colliery (Kemira Colliery) - contract mining ceases

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Kembla - Keira Colliery fully mechanised
   
   *1950  

1950 ~

Mt. Keira Colliery - operations abandoned in Wongawilli seam on Sept. 6th.due to excessive water & bad roof.

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Mt. Pleasant Colliery - #3 seam production commences on 16th Dec. to make up for loss of #3 seam at Kemira Clly

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Sth Clifton Colliery - taken over by Joint Coal Board

1951 ~

Huntly Colliery - purchased by Joint Coal Board

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Coal Cliff Colliery - Samson Cutters & Goodman duck-bill Loaders introduced

1952 ~

Nebo Colliery - replaces track mounted with trackless mechanisation

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Huntley Colliery - Continuous Miners introduced. Joy CM cuts and loads 32 tons Tongarra sm. coal (15/7/52)

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Wongawilli Colliery - Continuous Miners introduced

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Huntly Colliery - production ceases. New Huntley Colliery (on same site) expands.

1953 ~

Last shipment of coal from Bellambi Jetty

1954 ~

Kembla - Keira Tunnel - completed

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Huntley Colliery - control taken by Electricity Commission

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Sth Bulli Colliery - scraper loaders replaced with Jeffrey equipment

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Coalcliff Colliery - Duck-bill loaders withdrawn

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Coalcliff Colliery - purchased by Kembla Coal & Coke

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Metropolitan Colliery - 3600' drift replaces downcast winder

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Sth Clifton Colliery - purchased by S & M Fox

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Sth Clifton Colliery - conveyor belts replace endless rope

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Bellambi jetty abandoned

1955 ~

Corrimal Colliery - old incline replaced by new incline direct to colliery

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Sth Clifton Colliery - Continuous Miners introduced

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Old Bulli Colliery - Continuous Miners introduced

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Nebo Colliery - Continuous miners introduced

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Mt. Keira Colliery changes official name Osborne-Wallsend to Kemira Colliery (7th.Feb)

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Kemira Colliery - Continuous Miners introduced (Joy 1CM3s)

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Bellambi jetty washed away

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Mt. Pleasant Colliery - operations cease 30th. Sept. ( equipment returned to Kemira Clly)

1957 ~

Darkes Forest Ventilation Shaft commissioned

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Nebo Colliery - Shuttle cars introduced

1958 ~

Wongawilli Colliery - Bulli seam found to exist in locally thickened area

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Kemira Colliery - Roof Bolters introduced in January (Fletcher)

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Kemira Colliery - Shuttle Cars introduced in September (Joy 10SCs)

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Tongarra Colliery - Coal to Tallawarra PS. (prod. 1945 - 26,000; 1951 - 40,000; 1958 - 70,000)

1959 ~

Wongawilli Colliery - Incline replaced by Decline conveyor

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Coal Cliff Colliery - contract mining ceases

 

 

coal factMt. Pleasant Colliery operations ceased on 30th Sept. 1955

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   *1960  

1960 ~

Pt. Kembla No.2 Colliery - belt fire kills one workman

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Pt. Kembla No.2 Colliery (5.6 kms from Unanderra), closes

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Kemira Colliery - Pick-up Loaders introduced (Joy 11Bu & 14BUs)

1961 ~

Bellambi Colliery - modernisation included 2 large buildings ($400,000). Also washery built.

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