PHOTOS: Carrington pump housePIECES of the Hunter’s waterfront industrial heritage have been recognised, with the Hydraulic Engine House and Carrington crane bases earning state heritage status.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald announced the new protections for the Bourke Street sites, including four of the crane bases.
The Hydraulic Engine House, built in the 1870s, hefted coal onto ships using hydraulic cranes.
Together the five items represent the most complete example of a pre-conveyor belt coal loading system that still exists in .
“The Hydraulic Engine House was an n first and industrial wonder for its time,” Mr MacDonald said.
“It was the only nineteenth century hydraulic power facility in NSW especially for coal loading and was considered an engineering masterpiece and demonstrates the acknowledged importance of Newcastle harbour in the State’s economy at that time.”
NSW’s northern coal fields accounted for about 70 per cent of all coal production in the state for half a century between 1880 and 1930.
The coal those fields produced shipped out through Newcastle.
Throsby Basin Business Chamber president Clare Monkleywelcomed the announcement, which she said would help safeguard the industrial landmarks.
“It is so important to protect such important icons for future generations that have played a significant role in the development of Carrington and the wider community” Ms Monkley said.
The structure, which was decommissioned in 1964 and abandoned in the mid-1990s, has been used for storage in recent years.
In February the Port of Newcastle welcomed $500,000 from the state government to preserve the facadeand create an outdoor plaza outside the Victorian Italianate structure.