Kingstown on the Coal River

As Villagers, we always find it interesting to learn about the history and stories that lie in our beautiful cities past.

In 1797 New South Wales’ second European settlement was established on the Coal River, about 100 kilometers north of Sydney Town by sea. 

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Escaped convicts had discovered coal there in the coastal cliffs. When Lt. John Shortland re-captured the convicts he reported the presence of coal to Governor King. 
Coal River was basically a gaol for troublemaker convicts. The aim was for coal and cedar to be sent to Sydney Town for the use of settlers there. 
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Unfortunately, the settlement failed, and it was 7 years later, in 1804, that a better planned endeavour was begun, again gathering coal and cedar. 
The name Kingstown was given to the town. 
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Later named Newcastle, Kingstown became the first industrial town in New South Wales, with a timber yard and several mines manned by convicts. 
At the mouth of the harbour was an island, named Nobbys by Captain Cook in 1770. In order to protect the harbour a break wall was built using rock removed from the top of this island. The wall was called Macquarie Pier and connected the re-shaped island to the mainland. The area towards the pier was sandhills in those days, as was most of the land adjacent to the coast. 
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The river was later re-named the Hunter River, with the harbour at its mouth destined to become the greatest coal export harbour in the world. 
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Uninviting back then, Newcastle East south to Merewether has now become the most highly desired areas to reside and playground of fun and vibrant lifestyle.
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Courtney Cares

Courtney ticks all the boxes here, She’s got this.

“I’m really happy to be here working with a team that are so welcoming and friendly. This job really does allow me to do what I love the most, providing great service.”

After 15 years in the Real Estate industry, Courtney Rumble has joined Villager Property as our invaluable Senior Property Manager.

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Originally from the Southern Highlands, Courtney moved to Newcastle 11 years ago to be with her then partner – now husband. Enjoying the perfect weather and stunning beaches that Newcastle has to offer, the couple are grateful to be now raising their young son and daughter in such a supportive community.

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“The best part of my day is hearing my kids laugh,” Courtney tells us. “That… and watching them sleep.”

Courtney has told us that one of her passions is for great service – alongside a penchant for a good cappuccino, a fondness of travel and adventures including a brave love of plunging into the ocean to scuba dive among shipwrecks, coral and sea life.

Courtney was working in hotel management when she decided to try Real Estate. An eye for detail and a love of personalized service has seen Courtney excel in the industry.

Courtney’s positive attitude and proactive personality combine in united action in her role and we at Villager Property are fortunate to have our growing rent roll managed with such skill.

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Property Management requires a very specific sort of person to complete the job successfully: a balancing act between communication, local knowledge, finance, logistical management and of course the anticipation of future outcomes.

Through all this, a Property Manager must also be completely present – to listen and understand the needs of a variety of people and keep the lines of communication open between them all. This is a job that can get tough yet also be a catalyst for wonderful relationships.

Courtney ticks all the boxes here – she’s got this.

“I’m really happy to be here working with a team that are so welcoming and friendly. This job really does allow me to do what I love the most – providing great service.”

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Connect with Villager Property today to discuss how we can assist you in managing your assets and securing your investments.

 

A Perfectly Designed Duo

Before starting her apprenticeship with Brendan Williamson Constructions, Bonnie had completed her Bachelor of Design and in 2014 attained her Masters of Architecture which she tells us, in a trade where females are relatively rare, “That degree really gave me the confidence to become a builder.”

Bonnie Marcus and Brendan Williamson are local foodies. They have a ritual of Sunday breakfast at Estabar and the occasional dinner out at Brendan’s fave, House of Korea.

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Bonnie, when she isn’t designing or studying, hangs out with her buddy Max the Bunny while Brendan likes to go karting for a bit of speed.

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But their real passion is the details, design and form of the building industry.
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In 2012, Bonnie and Brendan purchased 1 Alfred Street and began their renovation journey by starting immediately in the garden.
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They planned to turn the Waratah property from a closed floorplan into a beautiful open plan home.

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Room by room, they crafted a modern and detailed renovation full of character. The bathroom was even a finalist in the Master Builders Association awards in the Hunter for 2016.

A passion for detailed work using raw materials, exposed textures and brickwork has seen Brendan and his company Brendan Williamson Constructions work in a range of high end residential building projects – from new local builds to beachside Sydney renovations.

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Bonnie also works for the company, she is currently a first year apprentice with a love of the building industry. A love that is paying off – she has taken out the  Master Builder Association’s Apprientice Of The Year in 2016 for first year female apprentices.
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Before starting her apprenticeship with Brendan Williamson Constructions, Bonnie had completed her Bachelor of Design and in 2014 attained her Masters of Architecture which she tells us, in a trade where females are relatively rare,  “That degree really gave me the confidence to become a builder.”

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Bonnie was awarded the ProBuild Trades Person Scholarship in August this year through the National Association for Women in Construction and is also involved locally with the Women in Building and Associated Services  which supports women in the construction industry.

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Having finished the incredible transformation of this home, this proactive and creative couple listed with Villager Property to enjoy a stylish and interactive marketing campaign and we are happy to announce the home quickly sold prior to Auction.

So what’s next for the pair?

“We are finally going to start our own new build – from our own design.” Brendan tells us. They are heading  back to their hometown in the Kangaroo Valley.

“A new build and a new adventure!” Bonnie smiles.

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