Newcastle’s Hydraulic Engine House and four of its Crane Bases located on Bourke Street Carrington have been listed on the NSW Heritage Register, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.
The Hydraulic Engine House, built in the 1870s, used hydraulic cranes to load coal onto ships.
The Engine House as well as Crane Bases Nos. 7, 8, 9 and 10 were added to the state’s heritage list, representing the most complete example of coal loading system predating conveyor belts still in existence in Australia today.
The northern coal fields, of which Newcastle was the port, accounted for about 70 per cent of all coal production in New South Wales between 1880 and 1930.
“The Hydraulic Engine House was an Australian first and industrial wonder for its time,” Mr MacDonald said.
“It was the only nineteenth century hydraulic power facility in NSW especially for coal loading and was considered an engineering masterpiece and demonstrates the acknowledged importance of Newcastle harbour in the State's economy at that time.”
“It’s a reminder of the importance of the development of the Port of Newcastle to the colonial economy.”
President of Throsby Basin Business Chamber Ms Clare Monkley welcomed the announcement on behalf of the Chamber and said it would safeguard the history of the Engine House and Crane Bases.
“It is so important to protect such important icons for future generations that have played a significant role in the development of Carrington and the wider community” Ms Monkley said.
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