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Newnes *

Is located in a scenic valley on the Wolgan River about 7km south west of Glen Davis, 35km via road from Lidsdale and 50km from Lithgow. The SMH, 14th November 1907, p. 8, records, "the Department of Lands decided to adopt the name Newnes for the proposed village in lieu of Wolgan as previously approved."  Newnes was proclaimed a village on the 8th April 1908. Named after Sir George Newnes, a British Knight, and head of a group of London investors responsible for the development of the oil shale deposits. During the early operational years of the Commonwealth Oil Corporation Ltd and the Fell Company, Newnes had a population of 1652 (1911 census). The 1921 census listed 820. Ref: Taylor, Greg. J. Newnes, History of a Blue Mountains Oil-Shale town. Undated, p. 30. The Lithgow Mercury, 25th October 1907, records a notification of the listing in the Government Gazette of the village of Wolgan and setting out the boundaries of this village. Six months later, the name was changed to Newnes. The SMH, 13th May 1911, p. 5, records other names that were used for Newnes, such as Jones Township, Government Township and Company Township.

Note: During the period 1907 to 1909 the present location of Newnes was known as Newnes South, Newnes North was located at the present Glen Davis. Plan of Portion ML 12, dated 30th May 1908 shows Newnes North and track from Newnes South with significant buildings and tunnels into the shale mines. Lithgow Mercury 1st March 1907, p. 8, records the bridle path linking Newnes North to Newnes South.

  • Ben Bullen
Grid Reference:
  • 423 254
Related Names:
  • GOS1.12: Collett Gap and Woolpack Rock
  • GOS2.01: Mount Harvey and Mount Dawson Pass
  • GOS2.02: Mount Dawson and Gindantherie Pinnacle
  • GOS2.06: The Wolgan - Capertee Divide
  • GOS2.07: Petries Gully Circuit
  • GOS2.08: A special side canyon in Petries Gully
  • GOS2.09: Two of the ridges north of the Newnes Hotel
  • GOS2.10: The Pipeline Track
  • GOS2.11: Mystery Mountain
  • GOS2.12: The Wolgan Valley from Glowworm Tunnel to Newnes
  • GOS2.13: Newnes - Wolgan River - Zobels Gully Triangle
  • GOS2.14: The Cliffs of Mars
  • GOS2.15: The Pentafid on Deanes Creek
  • GOS2.17: Constance Point
  • GOS2.18: Penrose Slot and more
  • GOS2.19: The Minotaur Lair
  • GOS2.20: Penrose Gully South
  • GOS2.22: The cliffs and ravines of Western Koopartoo
  • GOS2.23: Crossing the Koopartoo Mesa
  • GOS2.25: Island Mountain Traverse
  • GOS2.26.1: The Totem Pole
  • GOS2.26.2: The Totem Pole
  • GOS2.27: Mount Dawson via Capertee Creek
  • GOS3.02: Donkey Mountain 2
  • GOS3.03: Donkey Mountain 3
  • GOS3.04: Wolgan Pillars
  • GOS3.05: Yerra Yerra Pass, Bubyong Pass and part of Mt Cameron Plateau
  • GOS3.06: Mt Cameron via Railmotor Ridge, Rock Hill and Nayook Creek
  • GOS3.07: A natural tribute to Michelangelo
  • GOS3.08: Cliffs north of the Glowworm Tunnel - Part 1
  • GOS3.09: Cliffs north of the Glowworm Tunnel - Part 2
  • GOS3.11: Carne Creek Cliffs, The Gurgler, Shunt Track, Shunt Pass, The Governor and Michaels Chair
  • GOS3.13: Carne Creek Cliffs, Joseph Creek and Murrays Line
  • GOS3.14: Carne Creek Cliffs, Camp Creek, the Dung Cave and more
  • GOS3.15: Carne Creek Cliffs and Lurline Jack Lookout
  • GOS3.18: Above the Glowworm Tunnel
  • GOS3.19: The Rain Cave and Joseph Creek
  • GOS3.20: Unnamed tributary of Deanes Creek
  • GOS4.01.B: Wollangambe tributaries and Dargans Arch
  • GOS4.04: Dumbano Creek Tunnels
  • GOS4.11: Bungleboori Creek and the WWII Water Supply Dam
  • GOS4.12: Bungleboori Creek and Clwydd Pass
  • GOS4.18: Holts Heaven and Dumbano Tunnels
  • GOS4.33: Cerberus Creek traverse
  • GOS4.38: A day in Heaven
  • GOS4.39: A day just outside Heaven
  • GOS5.05: Exploring Cape Horn
  • GOS5.11: Cullen Bullen Cemetery to Wolgan Gap
  • GOS5.13: Wolgan Gap cliff line
  • GOS5.16: Four Level Cave
  • GOS5.20: Alois Spur
  • GOS5.22: Ben Bullen Pillars
  • GOS5.24: Lambs and Kangaroo Creeks ridge line
  • GOS5.25: Aboriginal art caves
  • GOS6.01: The Temples of Doom
  • GOS6.02: Last Crusade Point and Holy Grail Ravine
  • GOS6.03: Indiana Gorge and Indiana Slot
  • GOS6.05: Wolgan Falls
  • GOS6.06: Cliff Lines above the Wolgan River
  • GOS6.09: Sunnyside Cliffs and Bushrangers Creek
  • GOS6.11: Flat Bottom Creek
  • GOS6.13: Sunnyside Gully
  • GOS6.14: Sunnyside Point and Wolgan Pinnacle
  • GOS6.16: Endorphin Slot and Gully
  • GOS6.17: Infinity Caves
  • GOS6.18: Adrenalin Gorges
  • GOS6.20: Eastern side of Adrenalin Creek
  • GOS6.26: Birds Rock Creek
  • GOS6.27: Carne Creek and Glory Box
  • GOS6.30: Convolution Creek and Tagine Point
  • GOS6.31: Gang Gang Creek and Canyon
  • GOS7.01: Mount Walker and Coxs River
  • GOS7.06: Clerestory Spurs No. 4 to No. 7
  • GOS7.08: Pagodas south of Angus Place Trail
  • GOS7.09: Ridges north of the Australian Defence Area Boundary
  • GOS7.10: Upper Wolgan River
  • GOS7.11: Wolgan River bends above Wolgan Falls
  • GOS7.12: Lost City and more
  • GOS7.13: Farmers Creek - a western tributary
  • GOS7.14: Hartley Vale Mines
  • GOS7.15: Monkey Creek
  • GOS7.16: Kangaroo Corner Creek
  • GOS7.17: Reedy Creek
  • GOS7.18: Clarence Arch
  • GOS7.19: Blacksmith Cave
  • GOS7.20: Doctors Gap and Ida Falls circuit
  • GOS7.21: State Mine Gully and Hassans Walls
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