Cessnock Library hosts exhibition about Rothbury Riot

HISTORY: Cessnock City Library's local studies librarian Kimberly O'Sullivan in front of some of the items featured in the library's Rothbury Riot exhibition.
HISTORY: Cessnock City Library's local studies librarian Kimberly O'Sullivan in front of some of the items featured in the library's Rothbury Riot exhibition.

In 1929, industrial conflict erupted in the Hunter Valley coal industry. The economic pressures of the Great Depression hit the industry hard, pitting miners against mine owners, causing widespread community hardship and culminating in fatal violence on December 16 that year.

To commemorate the riot's 90th anniversary, Cessnock Library is holding a free exhibition that explores the lead-up to the day, and charts its enduring consequences.

The exhibition will run at the library until Friday, September 13.

The library will also host a talk on local mining identity Jim Comerford, who was a 15-year-old pit boy at the Rothbury Riot, and went on to become a long-time official in the Miners' Federation.

Historian Barbara Heaton, who has taken on the task of writing his biography, will present the talk on Thursday, September 12 from 5pm to 7pm.

Bookings for the talk are essential and refreshments are provided. Book online at libraries.cessnock.nsw.gov.au or call Cessnock Library on 4993 4399.

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