Snow at Cessnock in 1965 | PHOTOS

Next Tuesday marks the 52nd anniversary of the last time it snowed in the Cessnock area.

While Mount Sugarloaf received snow in the winter of 1975, it snowed a bit closer to town 10 years before that.

On Sunday, July 18, 1965, some 16 centimetres of snow fell on hills around the Cessnock area, including Quorrobolong, Mount View and Millfield.

About 10 centimetres of snow fell on Mount Sugarloaf that day too.

Myra Hill and her family were at church on the Sunday morning, and had heard people who lived at Kitchener and Quorrobolong say it had been snowing in the area.

So the family got in their car and joined the line of traffic who headed out to see the wonder for themselves.

Mrs Hill said her kids thoroughly enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“They were quite excited,” she said.

“It was a great lot of fun.”

Many flocked to the areas to see the snow for themselves, some engaging in snow fights and building snowmen that they attempted to bring home on the back of their cars.

The road up to the summit of Mount Sugarloaf even had to be closed by police due to the heavy traffic.

Eric Burgess of Kurri managed to record the snow day on a slide, and also shared his photos with the Advertiser in July last year.

Mr Burgess received a phone call from a friend at Pelaw Main about snow at Mulbring, but thought there would be more chance of seeing it in a more open area.

So he packed up his and another family and headed out to Quorrobolong to see it for their own eyes.

Mr Burgess said they were very surprised to hear that the area had received snow.

“I had never even seen or heard of snow in the district,” he said.

“We were very excited.”

Mr Burgess said waiting for the slides to be developed in Sydney, which was the only place available back in those days, added even more excitement to the event.

“Those photos have done the rounds since,” he said.

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