Murder in the Megalong Valley, Patrick McAveney

Patrick McAveney’s grave in Hartley Cemetery, centrephoto: John Merriman Inscription reads :Patrick McAveneyDied 28th February 1861Age 69 Years Patrick was murdered by his wife Ann, as described below. The deposition was indeed taken by Edmund Barton, the man who would become our first Prime Minister, who at this time, as a lowly circuit judge, was just starting out in his legal career. THE McAVENEYS OF MEGALONG  Patrick and Ann McAveney migrated to Australia on the ‘Forth’ in 1841. Sailing from Plymouth on 23rd May and arriving in Sydney on 28th August, having touched no ports on the journey. The ‘Forth’, … Continue reading Murder in the Megalong Valley, Patrick McAveney

Coal and Shale Mining Near Katoomba

Introduction As early as 1841 Rev. W B Clarke noted the presence of coal in the Blue Mountains and in 1866 made the first systematic description of the deposits of oil shale in the Hartley area, where its existence had been known from as early as 1824. Early exploitation of resources Seams containing both coal and shale outcrops were noticed by the early settlers in the valley walls of the Blue Mountains and in the 1860s the imminent construction of the western railway encouraged considerable local exploration. The most extensive and successful oil shale operations took place in the Hartley … Continue reading Coal and Shale Mining Near Katoomba