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Vic Coal 1890

Petan
 

Phil Rickard’s Yallourn article In Light Railways 252 December 2016 mentions in the late 1880s NSW supplies to Victoria  were became increasingly erratic. Phil relates that from 1889 to 1891 a wide-ranging Royal Commission into coal was conducted by the Victorian government; key findings being that Victoria should take steps to protect itself from NSW coal supply vagaries and that local resources be developed thus the Yallourn activities.

 

My Tweed Heads NSW research has revealed the Victorian Railways resorted to getting coal from Japan! The clue via Trove was the wreck of the  steamer Alberta at Fingal near Tweed Heads NSW. The following trove says the coal was for the railways and mentioned the coal famine on the Victorian Railways. Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918), p. 41(1890, October 25).  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article198187146

 

However, this trove says the coal was for the gas company and further down it says the coal was for the Victorian railways. It also says the stranding of the vessel was a serious matter, as the arrival of the vessel was anxiously looked for as the railway coal supply is almost exhausted ! Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 4 (1890, October 21).. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113744017  

 

Anyway, seems Victoria was a bit short of coal in 1890.

 

Cheers

Peter Cokley

Iain
 

How very interesting. I have visited all the major coal mines at Nagasaki and the name of the colliery does not ring a bell it is probably a miss translation – in 1890 it was probably from  the mine at Tackashima but I will ask. The mines were supplying steamer coal into the Asian market as well as domestically.

 

Cheers

 

Dr Iain Stuart

 

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Phil Rickard’s Yallourn article In Light Railways 252 December 2016 mentions in the late 1880s NSW supplies to Victoria  were became increasingly erratic. Phil relates that from 1889 to 1891 a wide-ranging Royal Commission into coal was conducted by the Victorian government; key findings being that Victoria should take steps to protect itself from NSW coal supply vagaries and that local resources be developed thus the Yallourn activities.

 

My Tweed Heads NSW research has revealed the Victorian Railways resorted to getting coal from Japan! The clue via Trove was the wreck of the  steamer Alberta at Fingal near Tweed Heads NSW. The following trove says the coal was for the railways and mentioned the coal famine on the Victorian Railways. Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918), p. 41(1890, October 25).  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article198187146

 

However, this trove says the coal was for the gas company and further down it says the coal was for the Victorian railways. It also says the stranding of the vessel was a serious matter, as the arrival of the vessel was anxiously looked for as the railway coal supply is almost exhausted ! Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 4 (1890, October 21).. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113744017  

 

Anyway, seems Victoria was a bit short of coal in 1890.

 

Cheers

Peter Cokley