My grandmother's family come from Fatfield, a small mining village on the bank of the river Wear, in the parish of Chester le Street in the County of Durham. They were coal miners (pitmen, colliers) who worked at the nearby Harraton Colliery.
Many of the family emigrated to New South Wales, Australia in the late 19th century, and into the 20th century, especially around the coal mining areas of Newcastle, Kurri Kurri and Pelaw Main, where they continued to work as coal miners into the 1940s.
The information is presented as family group sheets, and starts, for now, with the family of my g-g-g-grandparents, Thomas OLIVER and Esther, nee DAWSON
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