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“Contentious Councillors — Wrangle over chert quarry — President gets wild”
“Veiled charges — Was there irregularity?”
“Skeleton in the Cupboard! — Councillor demands parade”
“Council’s chert baby — Proving troublesome brat”
These were just are a few of the headlines in The Blue Mountain Echo during 1923 and 1924 as the newspaper covered the dramas within the Blue Mountains Shire Council as it struggled to manage its chert quarry project.
Located on the side of the mountain above the lower section of Victoria Pass, the shire quarry was a major undertaking for a Council less than 20 years old.
In January 1916 the Council applied for a Special Lease for the purpose of a quarry. After a process of twists and turns, ML3 (Mineral Lease 3) was granted in May 1919. Negotiations had taken over three years!
Another two and a half years passed before development began. A massive bin structure was erected between the quarry and the Victoria Pass road below. Sentinel Steam Waggons (road trucks) carried the crushed chert road metal to a rail siding near Mount Victoria station.
This book is the second instalment in the story of Mount Victoria’s 1920s chert ventures. After countless hours of scouring the site, searching newspapers and Shire Council records, and even riding in a Super Sentinel Steam Waggon, this book is the result.
Over 350 photos, maps, copies of documents and newspaper articles make this a very readable history. There's even a chapter on Sentinel Steam Waggons!
192 A4 pages, perfect bound, full-colour cover.