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  • Bibliography - Printed Publications

Ref. No. Title ISBN Sub-Title Author Date Publisher
001 A Profile History of Mount Kembla K.C. Stone 1984 Peel Valley Printery
002 A Railway History of the Illawarra JLN Southern 1978
003 BHP Collieries Handbook
004 Black Diamonds History of the Bulli District, N.S.W. William A. Bayley 1956
005 Blue Haven 0 9597203 0 8 History of Kiama Municipality William A. Bayley 1959 Weston & Co
006 Dapto Bicentennial Programme History of Dapto Dapto C of Commerce 1988 City & Civic
007 Dapto Oral History Third Volume 0 646 18347 8 Wayne Davis Ed. 1994 Dapto Senior Citizens
008 Earliest Illawarra 0 909164 05 3 by its Explorers & Pioneers W.G. McDonald Ed. 1966 Illawarra Historical Society
009 Early Illawarra 0 949776 11 4 An Australia 1838 Monograph Henderson & Henderson 1983 ANU
010 Geology & Mineral Resources of the Southern Coalfields L.F.Harper F.G.S. 1915
011 Green Meadows History of Shellharbour Municipality William A. Bayley 1959 Halsted Press
012 Growing up in the Illawarra 0 86418 011 X A Social History - 1834 - 1984 Mitchell & Sherington 1984 Woll. University
013 Illawarra - Australia at its best. 0 949726 0 1 X IRIS 1981 Weston & Co
014 Illawarra Heritage 0 9592480 0 5 Environmental Heritage Committee Stephen Dovers Ed. 1983 Sth Coast Printers
015 Land Between Two Rivers 0 9590887 0 9 A historical & pictorial survey of Shellharbour Municipality Derbyshire & Allen 1984 Shellharbour Council
016 Mine & Quarry Mechanisation
017 My Balgownie Pers. Mems. of Childhood in Balgownie Frank Ryan 1980
018 Port of Wollongong 0 9598811 9 0 C.W. Gardiner-Garden 1959 Illawarra Historical Society
019 Reminiscences of Illawarra Alexander Stewart 1894 Illawarra Historical Publications
020 The Garden of New South Wales 0 909164 17 7 A History of Illawarra & Shoalhaven Arthur Cousins 1994 Weston & Co
021 The Mount Kembla Disaster S.Piggins & H. Lee 1992
022 The Old Dapto Smelting Works Historical Soc.
023 The Pioneer Kerosene Works 0 909164 00 2 at American Ck (Mt Kembla) A.P.Fleming 1967 Illawarra Historical Society
024 The Town at the Cross Roads 0 9598373 1 0 A Story of Albion Park Stan Thomas 1975 Weston & Co
025 Urban Illawarra 0 909752 30 0 Ross Robinson Ed. 1977 Sorrett Publishing
026 Wollongong History Highlights 0 9591262 0 1 2WL & IMB Soc. 1983 Sth Coast Printers

  • Graphics & Photographs from the World Wide Web

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Black Diamond-Net Home Page


University of Wollongong Library


A German Coal Mining Site (In German)


  • Graphics & Photographs from Printed Publications





Wollongong - Spirit of Achievement


Positive Vision Communications

Barry Smith

At the Coalface


CFMEU (Mining & Energy Division)

Fred Moore, Paddy Gorman, Ray Harrison

The Mt. Kembla Disaster


Sydney University Press

Stuart Piggin & Henry Lee

The Collieries Handbook


BHP Steel Collieries Division

Compiled by R.Arnold, P. Gosling, L.Griffiths, R.Moore & R. Spence

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