Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum


Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum: (32° 48′ 38″S, 151° 29′ 15″E) housed in the old weatherboard Pokolbin Schoolhouse (1901) contains over 6000 items relating to local history. It is open on Wednesdays, Sundays and public holidays (+61 2 4937 4418). Located on the grounds of the Kurri Kurri High School in Deakin St opposite Greta St., Kurri Kurri, about 16 km due north of the Great North Walk at Mt Myall.

The Great North Walk Companion extract- page 202

“They are notes made after Douglas Ryan’s visits to what is now called Paxton, then the Stanford Number 2 Colliery, in 1926 and 1927 as part of his university course.” I hand over a stapled set of pages. And call my companion’s attention to the massive sisal flowers we are passing.

Mr D. Ryan, 17 February – 23 March 1926: Revision Notes
History of Greta Seam
William Keene discovered coal in 1856;
Greta coal seam found by T.W. Edgeworth David in 1886;
Richmond Vale colliery opened in 1891;
Rail line built to link Richmond Vale colliery with Maitland in 1891;
Aberdare colliery opened in 1905;
Collieries operating by 1906: East Greta, Stanford Merthyr, Pelaw Main, Abermain, Aberdare and Hebburn;
(the awful names are said to be derived from mining areas in Wales and Northern England. I cannot pronounce them properly).
17 collieries planned in all;
Mining operations are expected to be very large;
Employment of at least 10 000 anticipated in the district.
(try to find out likelihood of personal employment on first visit there. Mr Graham of Parramatta has connections and promises to assist me in this).

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