The City of Cessnock is located in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia. The approximate population is 23,000 people.
Markham stower on surface set at right angles with feed hopper. Arrangement permits feed from common belt delivery, August 1956
Stowage material quarry - showing material being taken from where all quarry drainage has been directed, 12 December 1958
Allen Wright (1918-2007) - Mineworker, Bellbird & Aberdare Collieries. Recorded 18 November 1981. Part 1/1.
Marjorie Ellen Patrick née Russell (1902-1993) - Patrick Horse Buses. Recorded 5 December 1983. Part 1/1.
Des O'Neill (1904-1991) - Early history of the Catholic Church in Cessnock. Recorded 09 November 1984. Part 1/1.
Irene Hamilton née Atkinson (1913-2008) - Kearsley resident. Part 1 of 1. Recorded 11 December 1984. Also Harold Atkinson - Recorded 12 December 1984
Vince Forbes (1894-1981) - Mineworker, Abermain No. 2 Colliery. Recorded 18 November 1981. Part 1/1.
John Capp - Talk on gambling history given to Cessnock Historical Society. Recorded 9 November 1984. Part 1/1.
Plan of Soldiers’ Memorial Building to be erected at Cessnock, NSW (31 October 1921)Plan of Soldiers’ Memorial Building to be erected at Cessnock, NSW (31 October 1921)
Summary : Allen Wright (1918-2007) - Mineworker, Bellbird & Aberdare Collieries. Recorded 18 November 1981. Part 1/1.
Photographer: Barry Howard
The first land grant in Cessnock was made in 1829 to David Campbell, who chose the name Cessnock after Scotland’s Cessnock Castle. This was the same year that the Great Northern Road was connected to this area and in 1855 the Cessnock Hotel was built along it to serve as a resting point for travellers, as well as a place for meeting, polling and court cases in the town. During this time, the Cessnock had very few colonists and conflicts with bushrangers and the orinignal inhabitants, the Darkinjung people, were common. This did not deter people from farming tobacco, grain, grapes and potatoes. As early as the 1860’s wineries were being established in this region.
Sir Edgeworth David’s discovered the Greta coal seam in 1886, triggering the first mine opening and connection to Maitland by rail soon after. The introduction of mining led to creation of the Co-operative societies, miner’s lodges, hospitals and even brass bands. Major mines of the area included the Aberdare, Richmond Main, Pelaw Main, Hebburn and Abermain.
Cessnock is now the gateway to the vineyards at Pokolbin, Lovedale, Broke, Rothbury and nearby areas.