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Celebrating the Past with Hope for the Future

Established in conjunction with Coalfields Heritage Group and the Facebook page: I grew up in Weston NSW and Survived.

Sincere thanks to Mélissa Martin and Lynne Kermode for transcribing articles for publication on this website.

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Welcome to Weston!

This website is a not-for-profit project dedicated to preserving some of the history and heritage of the small town of Weston in NSW, Australia.

Weston began to grow with great promise in 1903 due to the vast coal deposits lying beneath; yet over the decades has suffered many challenges and loss of services. No doubt this town will continue to transition over time, with potential opportunities abounding for those with an eye to the future. Will the days ahead draw on aspects of the past? This notion does not seem beyond the realms of possibility. When Cessnock Road was known as Aberdare Street in the early days of Federation, it was a vibrant business hub (see Timeline: to 1910). Might it be again? Could the section of Station Street between Cessnock Road and First Street have large sails linking both sides of the street to create the feel of a 'Town Square' without restricting traffic? Or could it be closed off to form a mall? Boutique shops, offices, and eateries might encourage drivers in the busy traffic flow through Weston to stop and pause a while. Trees and shrubs in tubs, a fountain, fairy lights - any or all of the above would add ambience to the town centre, leading one to imagine this central space hosting markets, festivals and other community events.

While the Hebburn Collieries led to the 'birth' of Weston, tragically, forty-six men lost their lives in the local mines; a fact that should never be forgotten. Please take note of the crosses on the Timeline pages where we remember those miners; t he Hebburn collieries could not have flourished as they did without them. The Hebburn township no longer exists as a separate town; it now forms part of Weston. Do you believe the history and heritage of the Hebburn mines should be preserved in Weston in some form? Thus far, this hasn't occurred in the town by way of a museum etc. However, given the lives sacrificed to the Hebburn collieries, and the enormous number of injuries, perhaps the history and heritage might be better preserved in some way, in the days ahead. Do you visualise special opportunities for Weston's future? If so, please share your visions and we will publish them on our Reminiscences and Visions page. Details may be forwarded to the Website Manager. We hope that the unique heritage of Weston's past helps to ensure that the coming years are filled with opportunity and prosperity for the people of Weston. When Basil Ralston wrote his memoir, 'My Ten Years in Weston, 1926-1936' he stated in the Introduction, ' You have a heritage like no other people in Australia. If I can show you something of what I know of it, I will have done something for Weston.'

Above: Station Street Weston - looking north.

Criterion Hotel visible on the left.

~Photographer unknown

Above: Jock Stewart Park

Cnr. Station and Second Sts.

~ db photography

On these website pages we will attempt to capture the essence of the Weston of yesteryear: its history, heritage and heart. The pioneers who built this town - a town that began its life as a 'private' township - had a gritty determination. They were of the 'can do' and 'never say die' stock. Many early Westonians would never accept the words: 'It cannot be done' - at least not without putting up a good fight. Some of what we share on these pages will be sad, and other items will be humorous, but above all, what we publish will be about the real character of Weston and the strength and spirit of its people. The photographs appearing on this website will have been contributed by many different sources including the Coalfields Heritage Group from collections at the Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum. Where we can, we will cite the original sources; however, some photographs may have been taken by photographers unknown to us. If you have concerns in relation to any photographs that we publish on the website, or are able to confirm sources where we are unable to cite them, please contact the Website Manager. Likewise, if you are able to contribute photographs, biographies or other information on Weston, its organizations and its people, that you consider appropriate for inclusion. Space is limited, but we intend to cover as much as we possibly can within those limitations. Just like the building of the township of Weston, the development of this website will take time. We will continue to add new content and feature pages as time and resources allow.

The town of Weston is located in the historic Parish of Heddon and County of Northumberland in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales. It lies within the local government area of the City of Cessnock. Weston is situated approximately 2km west of Kurri Kurri, 3.5 km east of Abermain, 13km east of Cessnock, 11km south of Maitland and 40km north-west of Newcastle.

The postcode for Weston is 2326.

Nearby places sharing the same postcode are: Abermain, Bishops Bridge, Loxford, Neath and Sawyers Gully.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has the following data on the population of Weston at Census of 2016:

People 3,693

Male 1,837

Female 1,856

Median Age 37

Families 973

Average children per family 1.9

All private dwellings 1,480

Average people per household: 2.6

Median weekly household income $1,084

Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,387

Median weekly rent $240

Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.8

Weston is a small town that grew from people with big hearts; many were Geordies from the north of England, also Scots. These pioneers who came to work in the Hebburn Collieries began with nothing but the will to create a better life for themselves and their families. First though - they had to build a town to live in! These sturdy souls knuckled down and worked harder than most of us could ever imagine and soon this little township grew and flourished. Daily life always revolved around the sound of the pit whistle, but the all too freqent sound of the dreaded emergency signal, sent shivers of fear down the spine. Over the decades, Weston has seen its sons go off to war, lose their livlihood with strikes and mine closures, and face the usual ups and downs of commerce and industry. Weston has always adapted to changing circumstances. Given the inevitable circle of life, new families have come to settle in town and others have departed, but to those of us who descend from those early pioneers, Weston will always be 'home'.

I grew up in Weston NSW and Survived is a Facebook group for all Westonians - past and present. Within that group we are able to reconnect with old classmates, workmates, friends and neighbours - or simply make new friends. If you are on Facebook, we encourage you to join our group and share with us your old photographs and family stories. Perhaps you will even allow us to publish them on this website, which aims to preserve Weston's History and Heritage.

Coalfields Heritage Group operates the Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum. If you haven't paid a visit, you should! The Museum is located in the grounds of Kurri Kurri High School and is literally a treasure trove of heritage information and material about the coalfields of the Hunter Valley. The Museum and Resource Centre are open from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on:

  • Sundays
  • Wednesdays and
  • Public holidays

WESTON TODAY

Above: The Welcome to Weston sign on the entrance to the town.

Above: Station Street Weston - looking north.

~Photographer unknown.

Above: Jock Stewart Park

Cnr. Station and Second Streets.

~ db photography

Above: The former Olympia Theatre

~ db photography

Above: Weston Infants School

~ Photographer Unknown

Above Weston Primary School

~ JD Falk

See: Weston Public School website

Above and Right: Peace Park

Chinaman's Hollow

Above: The Criterion Hotel

~ Photographer Unknown


Above: The park and memorial in Cessnock Road

~ JD Falk

Above: Section of Peace Park

Cessnock Road at Chinaman's Hollow

~ db photography

Above: The Uniting Church

~ db photography

Above: The Civic Centre in Station Street Weston

This site was formerly occupied by the Capitol Theatre. The small building in the centre was once Dr John Meredith's surgery.

~ Google Maps

Above: Section of Station Street Weston

The premises occupied by the Vet clinic was formerly Kirkwood's Grocery and Produce. There used to be a large produce store next to the shop.

~ Google Maps

Above: Ernie Dunlop Park

Elford Avenue, Weston

~ db photography

Above: Hospital Road Weston

~ db photography

Above: The old Hebburn Colliery Dam

~ Ean Smith

Above: The former Hebburn Pay Office

~ Ean Smith

Above: At left is the former Ambulance Station in Cessnock Road.

The building in the centre is the Weston RSL Club.

~ JD Falk

Above: Bluey Frame Park

~ JD Falk

Above: Locals enjoying the peace at Peace Park

~ db photography

Above: Peace Park lives up to its name!

~ db photography

Above: The former Weston Branch of the Co-Op Store

Cessnock Road, Weston

~ Google Maps

Above: The former Weston Post Office

Cnr. Station and First Sts. Weston

~ John McCulloch's Blogspot

Above: The Aberdare Hotel

Cnr. Cessnock Road and Hall Street Weston

~ Photographer Unknown

Above: Section of Station Street Weston

between First St. and Cessnock Rd.

~ db photography

Please join us on the following pages as we journey through the pioneering days of Weston. See Hebburn Collieries