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Former coal loader

Item details

Name of item: Former coal loader
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Maritime Industry
Category: Other - Maritime Industry
Primary address: Balls Head Drive, Waverton, NSW 2060
Local govt. area: North Sydney
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Balls Head DriveWavertonNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

One of the oldest coal loaders and the last facility of comparable size that operated in Sydney Harbour. A major structure with landmark qualities and a high aesthetic interest. An important local industry and a feature in the development of Balls Head. Retains evidence of a range of technologies employed since establishment.

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Date significance updated: 09 Jul 13
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Physical description: The site contains six buildings of various ages and materials, two large liquid storage tanks and the Coal Loader itself, which consists of the storage platform, with tunnels and conveying equipment, a loading wharf, a large mobile crane and the various coal conveying equipment and controls. Small outbuildings.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Modifications and dates: Storage tanks, coal loading equipment and gantry crane removed 1992-1994. Converted to a public park.
Further information: Caretakers house (Inter-War style) converted to Council's Sustainablity Centre and community gardens.
Current use: Parkland
Former use: Transport of coal from land to ship


Historical notes: Established between 1913 and 1917, the Coal Loader originally functioned as a steam ship bunkering station, delivering Hunter Valley coal to ships in the harbour for fuel and for export. With the demise of steam-powered ships, the loader mainly operated for transhipping coal between ships and to road carriers.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Industry-Activities associated with the manufacture, production and distribution of goods (none)-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as historically rare statewide. This item is assessed as aesthetically rare statewide.
Integrity/Intactness: _
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Regional Environmental Plan     
Local Environmental Plan I104002 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930699Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB January 1992 Yes

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180699

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