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  Joadja Creek: The Shale Oil Town and its People 1870-1911
Joadja Creek: The Shale Oil Town and its People 1870-1911

Our Price: AU$32.95 Inc GST
Media: BOOK - paperback, 176 pages
Author: L. Knapman
Year: 2003
Other Data: b&w photos, appendixes, index
ISBN: 9780868066448

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Product Code: HAL005
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There's something fascinating about ghost towns. Who lived there? Why did they leave?

Joadja Creek, newly opened, is a reminder of a time when an isolated valley housed a thriving community.

For thirty years the Australian Kerosene Oil and Mineral Company prospered, bringing experienced miners and their families from Scotland. It built a private railway and transported coal, kerosene, lubricating oils, soap and candles to Mittagong for shipment and export. Petrol, then a useless by-product, was flushed down the creek. However by 1911 the company was in liquidation, and auctioned off.

In 'Joadja Creek' Leonie Knapman has portrayed the miners, their families, the village and their achievements. Hundreds of photographs conjure up the valley of a hundred years ago and how it is today.

Useful Terms
Joadja Creek: Its Early History
A Difficult Site
The Australian Kerosene Oil and Mineral Company, Limited
Working for the Company
The Joadja Creek Comminity
The Decline of the Community
Joadja Creek Today
Appendix 1. The Technology of Joadja Creek
Appendix 2. Shale Oil: Its Geology
Appendix 3. Known Residents of Joadja Creek 1853-1911

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