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Coal and Community: People and Place
September 19, 2014 — November 22, 2014Free
Many of the towns and cities within the greater Hunter region owe their foundations and their economies to the coal industry. From the first discovery of coal in Newcastle in 1797, it has shaped the growth of our landscape as it has shaped our
This exhibition assembles items from several important collections of archives and private material on the coal community, its people and their place. With thousands of early photographs and records, this living archive presents images, maps and artefacts that describe in captivating detail the way in which we have lived and worked in the Hunter since its very beginnings.
The great changes in work, transport, leisure and community are visually represented with text and an accompanying web archive in which all collected photographs and associated materials are available for public view and for teachers and students, educational resources have been developed for years K-10. This archive also represents the chance to become a part of this history, to participate in locating people and place, to share personal archives and to become part of the most representative history of our region.
The PEOPLE AND PLACE I COAL AND COMMUNITY project has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Coal & Allied Community Development Fund. Tracing its origins back to 1843 and J&A Brown’s Four Mile Creek mine near East Maitland, Coal & Allied has been making a significant contribution to the Hunter Valley community for many generations.
As a long term member of the Hunter Valley community for over 165 years, Coal & Allied aims to achieve shared value with members of the communities in which we operate. Today Coal & Allied manages three open cut coal operations – Bengalla, Hunter Valley Operations and Mount Thorley Warkworth and employs more than 2000 people.
Coal & Allied is proud to support the ‘Coal and Community’ project through its Community Development Fund, which has invested more than $11million into 100 community projects and partnerships since 1999. Working alongside the University of Newcastle, Coal & Allied is committed to preserving history of mining in the Hunter region and playing a role in its future.
The PEOPLE AND PLACE I COAL AND COMMUNITY project has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Coal & Allied Community Development Fund.