Elrington - The Peter Pan Colliery 1927-1962, by Ross Mainwaring

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Elrington - The Peter Pan Colliery 1927-1962, by Ross Mainwaring
Elrington - The Peter Pan Colliery 1927-1962, by Ross Mainwaring

Published by the Light Railway Research Society of Australia in 2009, 96 pages. Large A4 size softback (N6135)

From the rear side cover: Elrington is a history of a coalmine near Cessnock, New South Wales, established by the Broken Hill Proprietary Co. Ltd in 1927 to supply coal to its Newcastle steelworks. At that time, BHP was purchasing coal from other suppliers, and both the cost and the reliability of supply was a great concern to the company. Other coalmines were still using nineteenth-century methods of extraction, and BHP's intention was to pioneer the use of modern coal extraction technology at Elrington.

This book describes the technology used, and the problems the company faced in introducing it including the effects of the Great Depression in the 1930s, and the reluctance of a conservative workforce to embrace new techniques. The author also looks at the working conditions and social life of the miners and their families. Details of the standard gauge railway which served the mine are also given.

After closure of the mine in 1962, BHP opened an engineering works at the Elrington mine workshops. Its history is recorded in this book. For various reasons Elrington colliery never achieved its planned output of 3000 tonnes a day. Like Peter Pan, Elrington colliery never grew up.


The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover
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