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Alexander Mathieson

Male 1844 - 1932  (87 years)


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  • Name Alexander Mathieson 
    Born 22 Sep 1844  Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Jul 1932  Young Street, Carrington, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Obit 30 Jul 1932  The Newcastle Morning Herald, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 


    • MR. A. Mathieson - Death at Carrington.
      Veteran Mine manager

      Mr. Alexander Mathieson,Father of Mr James Mathieson, Manager of the Bellbird Colliery, died last night at his home in Carrington, where he had lived since his retirement from the service of the Hetton Coal Company.

      Mr Mathieson was a native of Lanark (Scotland) where he was born on September 22 1844. At the age of 8 years he began to learn weaving in his native town. His parents, following the example of so many others, decided to try for their fortunes in the new land, Australia, of which much was heard that was favourable, and the family sailed in a vessel named the Albatross arriving in Melbourne in 1855.

      They continued on to Sydney, and then to Newcastle where Alexander who was one of four sons secured employment. His ------------ in the field of mining was most successful. Mathieson in chatting over his experiences gave an interesting record of his many impressions of the Newcastle district. He produced a manuscript record every entry in which was his own, denoting the thoroughness with which he attended to business and to it's details. One entry reads "A Mathieson started work for J & A Brown 1865 (or 1863?)"This was followed by a statement of his employment with the Coal & Copper Co., with which he was associated until September 29 1863 Worked for them for eight years six months. Another entry was "Started work for the A.A. Company September 30 1863. Worked for A.A. Co 12 years four months two days." Then there was a third entry showing that he started work for the Newcastle Coalmining Co on February 3rd 1876 for which he worked nine years six months 17 days.

      Mr Mathieson's association with the Hetton Coal co was explained by the following characteristic statement "Started work for the Hetton Coal Co September 21 1885 last pay I was paid at the colliery Nov 17 1917 when I was retiring on a pension. Employed by the Hetton Coal Co for 32 years one month six days. Last day coal was hauled for shipment at colliery April 15 1915".

      Searching through the book and reflecting on the contents the veteran manager ran his index finger through other entries several of which were copied. "Contractor for 'A' pit H Walker depth 252 ft first coal put into wagons april 3rd 1888 Cost of sinking 'A' pit ?10, 255/14/6 " 'B' pit 271 ft started to put out coal April 3 1888 cost of sinking ?5630/2/8.

      Mr Mathieson did not believe that Hetton was worked out when the decision was reached to close the mine. "At that time" he said "We had an output of 100,000 tons of coal a year, and without driving another yard in the headings there was four years' coal ready for winning."

      Although almost the entire operations of this historic colliery were carried on 240 ft beneath the ocean and harbour waters, it was drained so well that the pit horses were kept below, the actual location of the stables being in a portion of the colliery that was in a line beneath the track of shipping.

      When the adjoining Stockton Colliery was closed the Government gave Mr Mathieson's company the right to continue, provided that the water in the disused pit was kept down to 100ft or 120ft. To accomplish this it was found necessary to bore through 240ft of coal and then instal a pump which was connected to the Hetton company's standard. In this way the water was kept effectively under control. There was always a ready market for Hetton coal, interstate and overseas.

      Mr Mathieson lived to see Carrington grow into a big suburb with upwards of 3000 population. When he knew it first it was nearly all swamp and sand with but a few scattered buildings. His services in connection with the survey and layout of Carrington were placed on record by the council of that municipality.

      Mr Mathieson enjoyed for years the friendship of Mr James Fletcher "We were great friends" he said when he recounted some of the stirring incidents in the political fights of Newcastle of 50 years ago. "I knew James Fletcher when he was 'on the coal.' He was in the New South Wales Parliament for many years and became Minister for Mines." Mr James Curley, the Secretary of the Miner's Union and Mr William Davies one of the first presidents, Mr Mathieson always expressed the warmest regards for both, were, he said, very straight. There was never any trouble with them.

      The under manager at Hetton was Mr. J Welford , who with other acquaintances of the past, had since died. Mr Mathieson was one of the original members of the Newcastle Hospital Board. Mrs Mathieson died several years ago. In addition to the son who is manager of the Bellbird Colliery (Cessnock) there are two other sons Messrs William and John Mathieson both of whom are well known in the Newcastle district.

      The funeral is announced to leave St Andrew's Presbyterian Church tomorrow afternoon for the Sandgate Cemetery
    Name Sandy Mathieson 
    Buried 31 Jul 1932  Sandgate cemetery, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I512  Mote/McInnes
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2006 

    Father William Mathieson,   b. 07 Jan 1816, New Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1880  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Agnes Brown,   b. 07 Jun 1814, Douglas, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1895, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 05 Apr 1840  Greenside Lane, Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • IGI - M116489
    Family ID F282  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Christina Allen Miller,   b. 08 Jul 1847, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1930, Young Street, Carrington, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 12 Apr 1867  Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Mathieson,   b. 12 Jan 1868, Tooke Street, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1947, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. Mary W Mathieson,   b. 27 Feb 1869, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John Miller Mathieson,   b. 1871, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1871, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. Alexander Mathieson,   b. 1872, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1872, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     5. Agnes Brown Mathieson,   b. 06 Feb 1874, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1952, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     6. James Mathieson,   b. 16 Jul 1876, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1941, Cessnock, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     7. John A B Mathieson,   b. 19 Nov 1880, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Margaret Mathieson,   b. 03 Aug 1882, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Oct 1956, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     9. Ernest R Mathieson,   b. 1884, Lambton, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1884, Lambton, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     10. Beatrice A Mathieson,   b. 10 Oct 1885, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1953, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     11. Ruby C A Mathieson,   b. 16 Dec 1887, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Stanley G Mathieson,   b. 21 Feb 1890, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     13. Milton M Mathieson,   b. 17 Apr 1892, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F280  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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