When Killingworth Colliery blew up
Killingworth Colliery before the explosion. From an old postcard.

When Killingworth Colliery blew up

Thanks to Brian Robert Andrews for correcting and informing this text. At 5.25am on December 7, 1910, people who lived near Killingworth, NSW, were awoken by a huge, ground-shaking explosion.…

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The mystery in the mine: lizard tracks deep below Catherine Hill Bay.
Lizard tracks on the ceiling of Wallarah Colliery, May 1979. Photo by Brian R. Andrews

The mystery in the mine: lizard tracks deep below Catherine Hill Bay.

MILLIONS of years ago, apparently, a large lizard or similar creature was taking a walk on some soft ground. Its feet sank into the mud, and it backed away. The…

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Brian’s childhood polio helped feed his love of coalmines and railways
Young Brian Andrews, photographed by rail and mine enthusiast, the late Jim Webber.

Brian’s childhood polio helped feed his love of coalmines and railways

Brian Robert Andrews was born in the midst of coal and steam near his father's workplace at West Wallsend Extended Colliery at Killingworth in 1948. His father was in charge…

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