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Published in 2009, The Burning Mists of Time details the fascinating history of oil shale and coal mining in the Jamison and Megalong Valleys, including the formative years of the Scenic Railway.

Co-authored by Scenic World patriarch Philip Hammon and Dr Phillip Pells, the publication traces the pioneering developers of the late 1800s who were attracted to the region by the world’s richest oil shale deposits and coal seams, through to the resultant rise of Katoomba as a famed tourist destination.

Details of the societal context in which these developments occurred is provided, including Australian Aboriginal influences and contemporary bureaucratic and financial systems.

Technical descriptions of the amazing infrastructure required to recover rich oil shale from the vast Jamison and Megalong Valleys are written in plain English, easily understood by the lay person.

This very readable, richly illustrated book contains many previously unpublished historic photographs, sketches and diagrams to clearly explain a quite complex operation.

Purchase your hardcover copy of The Burning Mists of Time for $59.95 at Scenic World and receive a presentation box containing a piece of oil shale and souvenir matchbook. Use these (in the privacy of your own home!) to test claims that Katoomba’s oil shale was the highest quality in the world.

Learn more at The Burning Mists of Time website.

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