Time period covered: 1893-1930s
William Bender was born in 1893 at Hartley Vale, near Lithgow. He moved to Cessnock in 1907 where he started work at Abermain No.1, the first of sixteen pits in the area where he has worked. After a two-year stint working in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, he returned to Cessnock in 1912 working at Bellbird. He married Elizabeth M. O'Connor in 1920.
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