Mining commenced in the Medway area in 1867. Various colliery’s opened and closed. In 1924 the Medway Colliery and Railway Company was formed to mine coal at the site of the existing Berrima Colliery. A rail spur from Medway to Moss Vale was constructed and in 1926 the Medway township was developed. The coal was used to fuel the kilns of a nearby cement factory.The Wongawilli seam is approximately 10 metres in thickness (including coals and carbonaceous shales) but only the basal 2-3 metres were mined. The seam was accessed from a drift in a nearby Wingecarribee River valley and conveyed to the surface processing plant. The mine was mothballed in 2013.
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