From the Maitland Mercury report:
More than 1900 working coal mines have been established in NSW since European settlement. Some had as few as two workers, and the mines had names such as Cramp and Folly.
But regardless of the size of the operation, or the length of time they operated, all are listed in the Coal Mines of NSW Index book to be launched today.
Coalfields historian Brian Andrews has spent 20 months on behalf of Coal Services, formerly the Joint Coal Board, trawling through dusty record books at the Department of Primary Resources’ headquarters in Maitland, as well as newspapers and other sources, to track down a definitive list of all of the coal mines in the state.
Full article by Briony Snedden available at: Maitland Mercury, 02 Jun, 2011.