There are many sources of information used to compile this site, including printed publications, brochures, informal documents, photographs, newspaper articles, other web sites etc. and we have attempted to list all published documents below, regardless of the extent of information sourced.
Many graphics on this site are original, and most photographs have been used with permission. Others have been edited or modified in some way, but may have been "loaned" from other web sites and printed publications.
Our policy is to credit all sources that have helped in any way in the production of this community project. We are not copyright lawyers so if you believe a credit is missing, or that a copyright has been violated, please contact the site administrator who will either add the credit to this list, or if requested, delete the offending item immediately.
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
The Illawarra District of New South Wales Australia has a long and interesting coal mining history. Since the very first documentation of the discovery of coal deposits near Coalcliff, south of Sydney, over 200 years ago (by George Bass), the region was destined to develop into a flourishing mining district. Many books and articles have been published dealing with historical aspects of the Illawarra which invariably centre on coal mining in the "early days" in the region. However, when this project was conceived, very little information and historical data was available on the World Wide Web. This web site project sought to address this in providing an historical account, primarily through the collation of existing data, records and publications from respected and reliable sources.
Dedicated to the miners who have laboured long and hard over nearly 200 years in the Illawarra, and especially those who have lost their lives to coal mining
This website is intended as a community service, presented for the information and interest of the thousands of coal mining families in the Illawarra, the many companies and businesses involved in coal mining, and for students worldwide. Unlike a text book, it brings the Illawarra coal mining story to a world wide community of people with an interest in history in general or coal mining in particular.
A project of this nature is optimistic, time-consuming, and difficult. By its very nature, historical research can be sketchy and contradictory, illustrating that facts can easily distort over time.
Whilst meticulous care has been taken in verifying the integrity of the information, no guarantees of accuracy can be given. As the sub-title of the site suggests, the unofficial nature of the information presented is to be taken as a caution to visitors seeking the definitive, all-in-one "package". Rather than claim infallibility, it is preferred to emphasise the effort taken to ensure a high level of accuracy, with attempts to weed out inconsistencies in published documents, and opening the results to the community for comment (and contribution).
The historical research and gathering of data began in 1997 by Brian Sheldon, a former Geological Surveyor residing in the Illawarra with over 40 years experience in the coal mining industry, and a man with a passionate interest in the Illawarra coal mines. Brian is currently the director of Sheldrill, a local consulting company specialising in underground gas and mine-site rehabilitation. He is the also the principal research coordinator of this project.
The website design was developed (and is being maintained) by Mark McShane, a former coal mine surveyor with over 20 years industry experience. Mark moved on from the coal mines in June 2001 and now focusses on the running of his small web design company as the managing director of inTouch web services.
Brian and Mark pooled their resources to create this site, and the project quietly commenced in February, 1999 and a design update was launched in 2010. The site will always be a "work in progress" and is presented on an "as is" basis, with no guarantees or promises.
In April 2018 the site was again refreshed and relaunched and it is hoped the site content can continue to be regularly revised and expanded as time and other commitments allow.
We welcome your feedback, comments, impressions, criticisms, suggestions, and most of all, your support!
Community funding is requested to support some of the time and expenses incurred in building and maintaining this site and your contribution will help support this community project.