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Seaham No.2 Colliery, New South Wales

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CollectionsAdelaide Steamship Company Limited
Date created: 1925
Photograph of coalminers having a break on a timber rail bridge entrance to the colliery. Above them is the structure that holds the two wheels, cables and pulleys of the lift shaft. Some of the men read newspapers while others are engaged in conversation. Two mugs are visible and one man holds a pipe. The men wear various types of hats and caps. The buildings' walls are constructed of timber and corrugated iron and the roofs are also iron. Cazneaux printed this image from a photograph he took for one of the many projects assigned to him by the art firm of (Ure) Smith and (Harry) Julius. He and artist, Albert Collins (died 1951) created the illustrations for a souvenir volume for Abermain Seaham Collieries. In the book the picture's title is: ""Crib"" Time. The Archives image differs from that on page 51 by being more closely cropped. Cropping was one of the techniques used by Pictorialist photographers like Cazneaux to create compositions that resembled artworks made in more traditional media. The print is in the Adelaide Steamship Company's collection because in 1905 the company acquired large interests in the Abermain Colliery (near Cessnock), the Seaham Colliery (near Newcastle) and the North Bulli Mine (near Wollongong) in order to secure its source of bunkering coal - a move that was to prove advantageous when the price of British steamering coal rose dramatically in 1908. The interests of the Abermain and Seaham collieries merged in 1922 and in 1931 a further merger created J. & A. Brown & Abermain Seaham. The Adelaide Steamship Company remained the mining company's largest shareholder.
Location: Seaham, New South Wales


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