AA Company House is one of the oldest surviving colliery structures in Australia and one of Newcastle’s oldest buildings. It was built for the mine manager of the Australian Agricultural Company's D Pit at Hamilton in 1848.
History of the House
AA Company House is typical of the colliery houses built by the AA Company in the first half of the 19th century. The house was originally built as four rooms with a separate kitchen in 1848. It was added to in 1901 when the AA Company sold to the last of their managers. The original potion of the building reached the remarkable milestone of 167 years in age in 2015.
The significance of AA Co House
The house is significant as a rare example of a Georgian period house contructed to support the operations of a colliery, owned and operated by the AA Company. It shows the changing function of the place as a residence since its construction.
Other significant features include:
- The form and fabric of AA House is intact and retains many details of successive waves of construction throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. It yields information about the lives of the inhabitants over a 167 year period including the Little family.
- A well at the rear of the property was one of the earliest water sources for European inhabitants in the Cameron Hill area.
- The site signifies the coal mining activities of the AA Company which made Newcastle famous, and secured its economic prosperity.
Chronology of construction
The original cottage was constructed between 1848 – 50. It has 4 rooms around a central hall with a front verandah. The original separate kitchen was demolished in 1901 and replaced with the existing kitchen which has a bare earthern floor.
- In 1900, the dining room/ pantry addition was built and a sitting room formed by opening up two of the original bedroom.
- In 1920 the house was redecorated and the bathroom/ laundry addition added.
- The site was subdivded into separate residential lots in 2001 and the house now stands on a reduced curtilage hidden behind private homes.
Can I visit AA Co House?
Public inspections of AA Co House are no longer possible. Please check back in future to see when public inspections will recommence.