MINING IN THE ROSEWOOD/MARBURG/WALLOON REGION 29.3.2018
Underground Coal mining was an ultra-important industry to the Marburg/Rosewood area from the late 1800s to the 1970’s . Most of the mines were small operations. Especially in the days prior to mechanisation, so many men were employed in the industry. They often went straight into the mines on finishing primary school/ Grade 8/10. There is a wonderful historical book “Winning the Coal” Published by Bob Hampson and Wendye Gratton from the Rosewood Scrub Historical Society in 2010. The publication featured “Coal Miners Stories from the Rosewood Scrub.
The impetus for this Book was the need to record some of their stories before it was too late. Histories can be written long after the event. But as we know personal stories mostly pass, when those who experience them, leave this world. The Book is not meant to be a history of mining but records some of the human stories of the men who worked in the coal mines, and of those who waited for them to return from work each day. The main source of information was interviews which we conducted with the old miners. Their recollections are of their experiences during the 1950s and 1960s. This book is principally a compilation of recollections of men who worked in the coal mines of the Marburg and Rosewood district, an area often referred to as “The Rosewood Shrub”. The book costs only $15 and you can purchase copies from my office. Part 2 next week
COAL MINING IN THE ROSEWOOD/MARBURG/WALLOON REGION Part 2 – 6.4.2018
Underground Coal mining was an ultra-important industry to the Marburg/Rosewood area from the late 1800s to the 1970’s . Most of the mines were small family based operations. A fabulous book called “Winning the Coal” was Published in 2010 by the Rosewood Scrub Historical Society. This book is principally a compilation of recollections of many men and families, who worked in the coal mines of the Marburg and Rosewood district in the 1950s and 1960s.
Local identities were willing to tell their stories – Allan Berlin, Clive Claus, Gary Rohl, John Verrenkamp, Pat Lenihan, Beven Wendt, Vern Berlin, Des Hatcher and Digger Murphy were all coal miner fabulous stories. Vern’s wife Erica told of being a coal miner’s wife. Rob Krause told us of his experiences of having a coal mine on his dairy farm. Allan Berlin was particularly helpful throughout the project. As well as having been a coal miner all his working life, Allan has a keen interest in coal mining history and is actively involved in the coal mining collection with the Ipswich Historical Society. His willing assistance in various ways to this project was acknowledged in the book.
Others supplied photographs, documents and written information. The book acknowledges the input of Jesse Drysdale, Lester Schreiweis, Alan Brims, Marie White, Jim Nicholson, Brian Smith, Rob Krause and Trevor Wilkes. Photographs of items from the Ipswich Historical Society Inc. were allowed to be used. Similarly the Rosewood Scrub Historical Society, Marburg had many photographs, records and documents which were useful to the project. The book is for sale at my office for $15 Why am I talking about the History of Rosewood and District Coal Mining . The answer is in next week’s column – Part 3
COAL MINING IN THE ROSEWOOD/MARBURG/WALLOON REGION Part 3 13.4.2018
Underground Coal mining was an ultra-important industry to the Marburg/Rosewood area from the late 1800s to the 1970’s. A wonderful publication by the Rosewood Scrub Historical Society is available at my office for $15 – “Winning the Coal” I have always wanted to have a pictorial mapping History of Mining in the Rosewood area displayed somewhere. Not a Museum, but maps and details of the various mine locations and pictures and even possibly a Coal Mining Statue. I have viewed a really interesting map showing all the Coal Mining Sites around the Rosewood/Walloon area. I lost count at about 80 or so. So many sites. So many little mines. So much History from our past. If you would like a copy of that map just contact my office.
Recognise any of these Mining names, or do you know where these mines were located: Clarefield 1920-1946, Duckenfield 1925-28, Caledonian 1889 to 1960s, Glencoe 1005-1962, Lanefield 1916 to 1945, Malabar 1929 – 1960, Moorelands 1870s, Smithfield 1930s – 1940s, Thagoona 1940s, Westfalen 1930s, Westvale 1916-1931. At the time of writing this column I am planning a morning tea gathering of former Miners with Rosewood Coal in their “blood” at Harrys Coffee Shop next to my office.
It has been a dream of mine to place some sort of Mining History Display in Rosewood paying homage to our Coal Mining Past. I was involved with the committee for the construction of the Ipswich Rosewood Coal Mining Memorial in Ipswich, where proudly the name Rosewood stands in Central Ippie. The obvious place is the Cobb and Co Park. Keep Reading the MBNews for updates