History of Valentine
Portions 38A (of 122 acres) 39A (of 178 acres) and 40A (of 142 acres) (Kahibah Parish) belonged to Alexander Robert Minter and Edward Percy Simpson who were later the owners of Pacific Colliery at Teralba. All three portions were purchased on 16 June 1869. On the same date Thomas Crandace bought Portion 41 A (of 15 3 acres).
D.P. 10822: In 1916 Minter and Simpson’s Portion 40A was subdivided by Henry F. Halloran as the “Valentine Estate”, the first use of the name. This was the section between Tallawalla Road in the north, the waterfront to the west and Allambee Place and Werona Crescent to the south, containing what is today the shopping centre and school.
The Croudace family built a house on their Portion. Called “Leighinmohr”, it was in the vicinity of the present-day Valentine Bowling Club and the trees in its garden may still be seen in the park on the waterfront off Valentine Crescent, a row of big old camphor laurels and a very old Norfolk Island pine.
The Croudace Portion had a small coal mine. The Hartley Coal Co. leased land on the lake shored near the present Hartley Point, sank shafts, procured equipment, built a wharf and bought two schooners, named. West Hartley 1 and 2. During the 1860’s the mine was producing and the schooners were carrying coal but shortly afterwards one of the schooners was wrecked at the Lake Heads. It had cost 800 pounds and the wreck was sold for just 50 pounds. The West Hartley No. 2 was also wrecked at the Lake Heads in the great “Cawarra” gale of July 1866, killing the captain. These losses caused the collapse of the Company and the mine was abandoned, the mineral lease reverting to the Crown.
The Green Hills Coal Works sank a shaft near the present Green Point but operations were soon discontinued. Before its closure, the Hartley mine had experimented with the production of kerosene from shale and also quicksilver, products which would not suffer the transport problems of coal. An attempt by Mr. Speer of Speers Point and the Hon. John Robertson to re-open the Hartley mine was unsuccessful.
By dray tracks over the hills or by water. The materials for the first house in the subdivision were brought by “Fisho Jack” Richardson in his launch because there were no suitable roads.
In 1945 the government bus service was extended as far as the Valentine turnoff and in 1948 it was extended into Valentine. In 1964 a bus service to Belmont was instituted.
First Post Office:
Open on 1 July 1947 as “Croudace Bay”. It was renamed Valentine on I September 1949.
Public School opened in January 1958.
Thomas H. Halton Park at Croudace Bay was resumed by the Council in 1947 from the Croudace estate. It was named after Lake Macquarie’s longest-serving Town Clerk who had been instrumental in obtaining the I-and. With the water front land went a large acreage to the east in the vicinity of Regal Way and Tingira Drive. The N. S.W. Government had to pass a special Act, the Local Government (Land acquisition) Amendment Act in 1951 to validate the resumption and subdivision.