J & A Brown/Coal & Allied Archive
The Archives of the firm J & A Brown/Coal & Allied Operations Pty Ltd were donated to the University of Newcastle's Archives in 1996.
J & A Brown was an privately owned Australian coal family firm founded by James Brown (1816-1894) and Alexander Brown (1827-1877). After the death of John Brown in 1930, the firm amalgamated with Abermain Seaham Collieries Ltd. The publicly listed company was formally incorporated on 19 January 1931being known as J & A Brown & Abermain Seaham Collieries Limited (commonly abbreviated to JABAS), and became the largest coal producer in New South Wales. In 1960 JABAS merged with Caledonian Collieries Limited to form Coal & Allied Industries Limited. After this merger JABAS, become the subsidiary company that carried out the mining operations of Coal & Allied until being renamed Coal & Allied Operations Pty Ltd in 1980. Coal & Allied Operations Pty Ltd is currently (2013) a subsidiary of Rio Tinto Coal Australia.
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Drift Engine House and Washery under construction, Ironbark Colliery, [Black Hill] NSW, January 1973
Plan - Aberdare North Colliery showing conveyors, transport and proposed extensions of these, 31 March 1973
Report from Superintendent of Collieries, J. & A. Brown and Abermain Seaham Collieries Ltd. 4 September 1953