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Colliery Manager's Cottage

Item details

Name of item: Colliery Manager's Cottage
Other name/s: Oakey Park Colliery Site
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Location: Lat: 8931-3-S Long: KJ 389 932
Primary address: Bells Road, Lithgow, NSW 2790
Parish: Marrangaroo
County: Cook
Local govt. area: Lithgow
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Bells RoadLithgowLithgowMarrangarooCookPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Historic: a good representative example of a manager's house, with the remains of the major colliery, and coke-ovens still legibly adjacent; this house has high local significance.
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Physical description: A symmetrical single storey cottage hipped roof with gablets, verandah on 3 sides supported on squared posts (stop chamfered and grooved scalloped verandah board timber verandah floor. 3 chimneys of brick and rough cast render. Two pane casement windows, panelled door with glass highlight. Timber detail under window sill. Located in a pleasant setting, creek at front, hillside behind. Victorian/Federation W'board/iron


Historical notes: Oakey Park Colliery opened in 1888 and the manager's house was built soon afterwards. The colliery produced adequate coking coal and coke ovens were constructed in 1899 and 1906, feeding the blast furnace for a time. The electric generating equipment at the mine supplied Lithgow and Blaxland Councils with electricity from 1922 until 1932, but the mine closed in 1937, filled with water and was finally abandoned in 1948. The son of the mine manager, Bob Morgan, bought the manager's house and Jim Brown, the author of Bent Backs purchased it in 1978 acting for a mining group. The Facchina family now own the property. Historical Period Built 1876 - 1900, Used 1876 - 1900, Used 1901 - 1925, Used 1926 - 1950, Used 1951 - 1975, Used post 1975

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Mining-Activities associated with the identification, extraction, processing and distribution of mineral ores, precious stones and other such inorganic substances. (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item has historic significance and is assessed as representative on a local basis.
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Recommended management:

All sites: historical and archaeological sites A Keep buildings in good order B Continue to maintain building in good order. C Record , photograph, research any changes D Continue to record and research this place’s history. E Ensure that any new owners are advised of the Cultural significance of the site F Encourage collections of moveable heritage to stay together with the building or place G Consider making available publicly interpretive information that will enable visitors to appreciate the site. H With assistance from Council make available publicly interpretive information that will enable visitors to appreciate the sites.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLithgow Local Environmental Plan 2014I23619 Dec 14   
Heritage study  01 Jan 97   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Greater Lithgow Heritage Study 1997-19981998B236Ian Jack in conjuction with Graham Edds & Assoc, J Colleran & E Higginbotham.  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenG A Armstrong1991The Archaeology of Coal Mining, BA thesis, UNE
WrittenJ W Brown1989Bent Backs, Lithgow

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1960296

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