This volume records in words and photographs the history and development of the coal industry which has expanded from the source of our first mining to being the major export earners for the country. The pictorial record not only covers the black coal producing States but also covers brown coal in Victoria. The authors have collated a photographic history of old and new mining methods and equipment together with examples of developing research and heritage subjects. With over 250 pages and over 400 photographs and diagrams covering the history of the coal industry in each State this history will be of interest to many. Note: The hard copy edition is now out of print. The PDF is a searchable scan of the original publication.