Local Treasures – A coal trimmer’s diary

Sample page from 'Tit-Bits' manuscript a coal trimmer's diary (IMG_1951)

Day Shift – 16/11/2010 – 02:10 PM
Presenter: Carol Duncan
Interviewee: Gionni Di Gravio, Archivist, Newcastle University

University of Newcastle Archivist Gionni Di Gravio brings in an authentic coal trimmer’s diary from Carrington.

Broadcast Notes:
Tit-bits [manuscript] : [a Newcastle coal trimmer’s diary] by Frederick (Fred.) Roberts of Carrington New South Wales is an authentic handwritten, leather bound diary written by coal trimmer, later crane driver, Frederick Roberts.

It spans the years 1901-1915 and describes his family life in Carrington, N.S.W.

It also provides a brief historical record of the activities of the Carrington Fire Brigade.

Read the whole manuscript online here:
Titbits [manuscript] : [a Newcastle coal trimmer’s diary] by Frederick Roberts (20MB PDF)
Also see our Ralph Snowball – Maritime Newcastle set on Flickr

3 thoughts on “Local Treasures – A coal trimmer’s diary

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  3. What a treasure this journal is. The Mrs G Mitchison Roberts made a wager with in April 1903 was my great grandmother and my grandfather Jack was born in October of the same year. Unfortunately Roberts dosen’t record the birth or whether or not he made good his promise of a new hat!

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