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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Map of Aellalong-Quarrybylong area showing Greta Main, Pelton, Aberdare Extended, Aberdare Central, Aberdare South and Stanford Main No.2 Collieries, 24 April 1957
Complete Listing of J. and A. Brown and Abermain Seaham Collieries Ltd. (JABAS) Archive Material (Chronological)