Old Newnes Hotel

April 9, 2015

The Newnes Hotel was originally on this site on the other side of the road above the creek.  Eventually it was undermined by erosion caused by the regularly flooding creek and began to collapse. A large working group of Wolgan Valley locals simply picked it up and manhandled it to its new safer site. When […]

Solar Newnes

April 7, 2015

Newnes was set up to mine and process kerosene shale, an industry that, like coal mining or fracking, was eventually uneconomic. It was also environmentally destructive although in less than fifty years the bush had reclaimed most of the site with only the pub remaining. When locals complain about mines closing down I point out […]

Newnes Cats

April 6, 2015

Wherever we go a cat finds us. This cat lives at Newnes.

Newnes Hotel

April 5, 2015

This is the Newnes Hotel now, the same building I saw as a child but now on the other side of the road and up the hill from where it was in the mid 1950s.