Coal loader, Blair Athol

Keniger, Michael 1947-. Coal loader, Blair Athol.

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Title Coal loader, Blair Athol
Abstract/Summary Coal was first discovered in 1864 at Blair Athol and mined underground. Open-cut mining was commenced in 1936 by the Newcastle Company. Later other open-cut operations were conducted by The Blair Athol Coal and Timber Company and Conzinc-Rio-Tinto. Information taken from O'Donnell, D, A history of Clermont and district, 1989.
Date photo taken 1979
Date scanned 2006-06-20
Publisher The University of Queensland Library
Architect Keniger, Michael 1947-
Photographer Keniger, Michael 1947-
Location Blair Athol, Queensland
Open Access Status Other
Category Mines
Subcategory Coal mines
Industrial buildings
Condition Deteriorated
Structural Systems & Elements Timber construction
Cross bracing
Timber columns
Building Materials Timber
Corrugated iron
Architectural Features Gable hip roofs
Timber columns
Timber stairs
Rights Research and private study only. Not to be reproduced without prior written permission. Rights holder: Michael Keniger.
Additional Notes Blair Athol is located 22km north of Clermont and consists mainly of a large, open-cut coal mine. The 29m wide coal belt at Blair Athol was discovered in 1864. In 1909 the Blair Athol Coal and Timber Company absorbed a number of smaller underground coalmines to become the first large company to undertake coalmining operations at Blair Athol. The township built for the employees eventually disappeared as the mine expanded and they were relocated to Clermont. The mine is now Australia’s largest exporter of thermal coal.

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