Unearthing mining history at the Marulan exhibition

An exhibition will be held in September in Marulan, south west of Sydney, to highlight the history of mining in the town.

Marulan has had mining companies for over 180 years, with over 40 names in the records. The town now has eight mines left.

The Marulan District Historical Society, which is running the exhibition, has asked existing mining companies to prepare a display that exhibits how mining has progressed over the past century.

Four huge mining companies run in Marulan and three quarries are running including Boral, Holcim and Gunlake.

Boral’s NSW stakeholder relations manager Paul Jackson was enthusiastic about having a display at the exhibition.

“Boral will be providing a collection of photos and information, which covers both the old and new of our involvement in the Marulan district,” he said.

“There will be photos from the Marulan South Limestone Mine, the operation of which dates back as far as the 1870s, as well as the new Peppertree Quarry, which starts production in the coming year.

“Our contribution will illustrate the length and depth of the ongoing relationship Boral’s operations has with the people of Marulan. This relationship has resulted in not only the growth of the region and state up to now but it will also support future development as we move well into this century.”

The first mine to be ever recorded in the town was a marble quarry at Brayton. Lime burning followed.

Other metals have also been found in the region like gold, silver, copper, coal, iron ore, arsenic, and kaolin, or china clay.

According to the Goulburn Post, silver was used on a spade that turned the first sod on the building of the Great Southern Railway.

According to Historical Society member Lorna Parr, the region also had an arsenic mine between 1908 and 1915.

“At that time about 10 mines were operating along the Tolwong Creek, which is adjacent to the Shoalhaven Rive below Tallong that employed about 60 men,” she said.

“The camp along the creek consisted of overseers, workers and families. There was also copper, tin, zinc and lead extracted as well as arsenic.

“Remnants of the mine can still be found today.”

The display will be in the Marulan Community Hall, on September 7 and 8.

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