Lake Macquarie History

Rhondda Road

Named after the pit and township. This road passes through the site where they used to be. In its heyday the Rhondda Hotel was known far and wide for after hours and their Sunday trading. Rhondda was named after the Rhondda Valley, a coalmining district in Wales. Sometimes the miners working in the Rhondda Colliery would know when the baker was going around the village because they could hear the iron rims of his cartwheels on the gravel road above them. (Source: NMH 3 May 1973) There used to be railway crossing gates allowing Rhondda Road to connect with William Street. Mrs Rohan was the gatekeeper. The Metromix Teralba Quarry is in Rhondda Road. The Rhondda Colliery was also named Northern Colliery and the manager of Rhondda Colliery lived in Rhondda Road.

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