Archive of material relating to Mount Wingen and the Wingen Coal Measures.
Archive of material relating to Mount Wingen and the Wingen Coal Measures.
Archive of material relating to Mount Wingen and the Wingen Coal Measures.

Archive of material relating to Mount Wingen and the Wingen Coal Measures.

Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1918.

Published quarto, bound manuscript, and other materials (full description below).

Hunter Valley coal riches

An archive of material relating to the smouldering volcanic outcrop at Mount Wingen, prepared by local landholder and pastoralist William Edward Abbott (1844-1924) and his nephew John Henry Abbott (1874-1953).

An archive of material relating to the smouldering volcanic outcrop at Mount Wingen, prepared by local landholder and pastoralist William Edward Abbott (1844-1924) and his nephew John Henry Abbott (1874-1953).

William Abbot was a pre-eminent Hunter Valley pastoralist, enormously successful in acquiring freehold runs and trialling new sheep breeds. The materials in this archive were presented, with manuscript dedications, to another leading pastoralist of the region, Mr. Henry White. Thus the archive forms a unique record of the long-term personal association between the two men.

The archive comprises three parts:

1. Typed manuscript titled Mount Wingen. The Burning Mountain of the Kingdon Ponds Valley - Its story during the last century. Paginated 30 leaves, bound in full black straight grained roan lettered in gilt 'Mount Wingen' front board, title page inscribed 'To H.L. White Esq, with the compliments of J.H.M. Abbott October 1920'; with loosely inserted photograph measuring 205x154 mm., manuscript note to rear of the image reads: 'Photo taken shewing a portion of the Burning Mountain at Mount Wingen, near Scone NSW. Photo taken by Claire Wilson about 1891. Negative purchased by S. W. Jackson in 1896. To H.L. White, Esq. from S.W. Jackson 12.5.1921.'

2. Two further typed manuscript sections, 2 and 8 leaves respectively, housed in a brown card folder printed "Mount Wingen The Burning Mountain of Australia". These are excepts relating to the phenomenon taken from the Sydney Gazette and other early newspapers.

3. Published book titled Mount Wingen and the Wingen Coal Measures by W.E. Abbott (Sydney, Angus & Robertson, 1918); slim quarto, 26 pp, folding lithographic map in rear sleeve, photo plates; in special crushed morocco binding with gilt lettering, bookplate of Henry White. Pencilled note to endpaper: 'privately printed, few copies only done'.

Price (AUD): $3,850.00  other currencies     Ref: #4403196

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