Time period covered: 1920-1950s
Mr. Wilson Barrett was born at Cessnock in 1909. He received his early teaching from the nuns at the local convent school, and later attended Maitland Marist Brothers. In 1927 he started work as a mines surveyor at Cessnock No.2, remaining in the mining industry for the next forty-five years over which time he held the role of mine manager at numerous pits including Neath, Cessnock No.2 and Aberdare. Mr. Barrett provides a unique insight into the early mining period, providing detailed descriptions of the origins of mineworkers and the contract mining method.
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