Quibble about coal
Coal certainly had been found in Australia. There was a settlement called Coal River (now Newcastle) on what had been called Coal River (now known as the Hunter River)
1796 Informal accounts reach Sydney of the reserves of coal at ‘Coal River’.
1797 Lt Shortland and his crew enter Coal River and confirm the coal resources.
1801 Formal identification of the great potential of the coal reserves and the river. First brief attempt to set up a coal mining camp.
1804 Formation of a permanent convict/military outpost to mine coal, harvest timber and prepare lime. A light beacon and gun emplacement built on the southern headland. Nobbys Island seen as a useful place for confinement. Aboriginal-European encounters.
1839 End of era of government-controlled coal mining and beginning of private enterprise mining by the Australian Agricultural Company.
by the 1850s the AACoy was exporting coal to the American west coast.
...and in case anybody wonders I am an 'anorak' and the coal railways of Necastle(on Hunter) are my 'thing'.
Museum added to short list of things I want to visit London for.