Scot MacDonald
28th Aug 2017

An historic Hamilton house with links to the early days of mining, the Australian Agricultural Company Mine Manager's House at 195 Denison Street Hamilton, has been given state heritage status Parliamentary Secretary the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.

The house, built in 1849 to house the official responsible for what was at the time the colony’s most technologically advanced coal mine, was symbolic of the booming coal industry of the mid-1800s.

“I’m pleased this house has today been recognised as state significant heritage,” Mr MacDonald said.

“The Australian Agricultural Company House is significant not just to the people of Newcastle but to NSW as a representation of the social and economic development of its era.”

In 1848 an Australian Agricultural Company exploring party boring for coal discovered a superior seam beneath the remote western part of the Company’s Newcastle estate. The Company sank a shaft into this coal seam which came into full production in 1850 as the now well-known ‘D’ Pit or Borehole colliery.

“The house that has been given heritage status was originally built to house the Overman, the senior colliery official, who was immediately responsible for the operation of the mine,” Mr MacDonald said.

“This mostly intact nineteenth century colliery official’s residence helps us to understand more about the customs and philosophies of the period in which it was built.”

Representing the corporate hierarchy, this house was built on the highest point of Borehole Hill, overlooking both the colliery and the settlement.

This settlement marked the birth of the suburb of Hamilton.



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