Joadja Ghost Town

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Joadja Ghost Town

Postby megsy » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:11 pm

The first European party in the area was that lead by ex-convict John Wilson. They were sent twice in 1798 on exploratory treks by Governor Hunter with the object of accumulating factual data about the southlands to discourage convicts who were escaping and heading south in the belief that China was only 150 miles away.

Wilson had been living with the Aborigines for some years and had almost certainly been in the area prior to the expedition. On their first journey they appear to have followed Joadja Creek to its junction with the Wingecarribee River, just near the future townsite.

Benjamin Carter was grazing his cattle in the valley in the 1840s. His son, Edward, discovered the shale and a dispute ensued over the rights to exploit it. Edward Carter succeeded and began mining in 1874. The shale was excavated and heated in brick retorts to draw off the kerosene which was then condensed and purified. He sold the produce to the Australian Gas Light Company. It was hauled up the steep inclines by bullock teams then carted by five-tonne wagonloads to Mittagong railway station.

The Australian Kerosene Oil and Mineral Company was formed in 1877. They built a refinery, a railway line to Mittagong (which operated from 1880 to 1903) and began to erect a town for their employees. Coal was also mined with railway trucks being hauled up the steep inclines by rope.

Joadja's population passed 400 in 1879, well in excess of other Southern Highlands towns. A post office opened in 1878. There was soon a theatre, a store, a butcher's, a bakery and a school of arts. Joadja was also one of the first towns in the colony to be connected to the outside world by telephone The miners were largely experienced men from Scotland, perhaps enticed by the Scottish manager. They were housed in cottages made of local bricks.

In 1878 the employees extracted 5200 tons of shale. With the introduction of a mechanical coal-cutter in 1881 (the first to be used in NSW) output doubled to 28 000 tons in 1882. By 1890 it had increased to nearly 37 000 tons. However, reserves dwindled and went into a sharp decline after 1893. Employees were laid off. The post office closed in 1900 and operations ceased in 1903. The company closed and destroyed the plant and a fire swept through the town. A few residents stayed on to work orchards originally established by the mining company. The property was sold in 1911. Attempts were made to reestablish operations in the 1920s and 1930s but to no avail and Joadja became a ghost town.

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Re: Joadja Ghost Town

Postby Dellycat » Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:21 pm

I loved reading that, I have a new love of history now I am older and I love Australian history.
Isn't it amazing how these towns are born, the reasons why they flourish then they die to just become a place that was with only ghosts of the past showing. Amazing. Thank you for sharing. :grin:
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Re: Joadja Ghost Town

Postby Jemm » Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:15 am

bloody fantastic thanks Megsey
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Re: Joadja Ghost Town

Postby Buddah James » Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:38 pm

Thank you Megsy for this great post and I'm with Delly and Jemm about your post !! :yesmaster: :Ilike: :hi:

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Re: Joadja Ghost Town

Postby eeyore » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:19 am

lovely serene place...wonder how active it gets of a night
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Re: Joadja Ghost Town

Postby megsy » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:07 pm

I will let you know after the 26th October - have a sleepover investigation night. Can't wait, the energy during the day was amazing, going to be mind blowing during the night.

I shall keep you posted :cheesy:
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Re: Joadja Ghost Town

Postby Jemm » Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:29 am

looking forward to that Megsey, Princess & I were supposed to go on a sleepover at Quarantine station but they put the cost up way beyond our budget , add to that airfare from QLD to Sydney and accommodation and transfers , nope wasnt going to happen , so we both decided that we'll do something in QLD instead, wasn't meant to be because I have bigger things happening at the end of this year , I'll keep you posted (non paranormal) :yes:
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Re: Joadja Ghost Town

Postby white wolf » Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:52 pm

What a interesting place.

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Re: Joadja Ghost Town

Postby megsy » Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:05 pm

I am not happy, the organisers of the sleepover have cancelled - I guess it was only a few of us going so they aren't wasting their time. It is re-booked for the December one and I hope that one goes ahead. Been really looking forward to it :verysad:

I promise I will do a write up when the time comes. :dontmention:


oh and Jemm - if you guys want accommodation in beautiful rural Sydney then I have spare rooms :yes: and a car to pick you up and drop you off :yes: and a trip to the Quarantine Station with you would be a must ! And there is so many other places here .......... Start saving girls - a trip next year can be added to your list for only the airfare to get here !!! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Joadja Ghost Town

Postby eeyore » Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:55 am

did they do the tour this time or did they cancel again/
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Re: Joadja Ghost Town

Postby megsy » Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:56 pm

I did - I'm so slack, and haven't had time to up load anything yet. When I get home tonight I promise :cheesy:

Got heaps of stories and pics for you all. I have hooked up with a paranormal group here and have been doing some regular investigations. They have very kindly invited me along to Liverpool TAFE and Casula Powerhouse (these are regulars for them and I have done sleep overs at both and three night tours at the TAFE), as well as the old Australiana Village at Wilberforce - and the best yet - Parramatta Goal two weekends ago. We also have the old Hawekesbury Hospital in two weeks.

Will post some pics from Joadja - UNBELIEVABLE place and so worth the wait :yes:
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Re: Joadja Ghost Town

Postby white wolf » Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:13 pm

would love to investigate this area.

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Re: Joadja Ghost Town

Postby Jemm » Thu May 15, 2014 8:32 am

loving your photos :notme:
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