Thanks for you comments, David. It is most interesting about the
Ian Brand did some excellent research and consequently publications on
many and various convict stations, and I had the priveledge to know him
all those years ago.
On 9/11/2019 10:24 am, David Cripps wrote:
> Hello Maree,
> Thursday, November 7, 2019, 8:04:16 PM, you wrote:
>> Hi Listers,
>> What was it like to work at a coal mine in a remote part of Van Diemen's
>> Land? The audio goes for just under 17 minutes...
>> This coal mine was for those under sentence with a further sentence of
>> hard labour.
> I'm late to the party as per normal.
> Thanks for the link Maree I did enjoy the audio and made me reflect on
> the 1960s when we often visited the site, no doubt on the pretext of
> wearing my brothers and I out while the parents took a breather.
> There is an excellent read by Ian Brand, The Port Arthur Coal Mines
> 1833-1877 which I can thoroughly recommend.
> I'm told many Hobartians complained about their ruined carpets as the
> low quality coal spitted and burnt as the lounge room fires were
> coaxed into flame.
> Ian Brand does mention that the quality increased as the shafts
> penetrated the lower levels and by the late 1830s, Hobart was using
> around 1,000 tons per year, selling at 10 shillings per ton.
> Thanks for posting the link.
> Cheers Dave