Jul 16, 2017

A pioneer in open-cut coal mining

A pioneer in open-cut coal mining Blair Athol Coal and Timber Company operations in 1946.

Blair Athol coal mine is poised to enter a new chapter under its latest owners, TerraCom subsidiary Orion Mining. But its story has some age and the operation has a claim to fame as the first mine in Australia to adopt open-cut methods. The region’s coal was discovered by accident in 1864 on Robert McMaster’s…

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