Our History

New Hope began operating coal mines in the Ipswich region of Queensland in 1952.

Since then, the business has seen dynamic improvement to mining methods, operating and safety standards, as well as dramatic changes to domestic and export markets.


  • New Hope commences operations in Ipswich, Queensland


  • Washington H. Soul Pattinson, Farjoy Pty Ltd and Domer Mining Co. Pty Ltd, acquire control of the company
  • New Hope exceeds 250,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of marketable coal from underground mining


  • Production increases to almost 340,000 tpa
  • New Hope purchases the Tivoli Collieries operation including the barge coal facilities and operation


  • New Hope purchases the Southern Cross and Haighmoor Collieries operations


  • New Hope dispatches the first export shipment – one of the first companies to successfully obtain trials of Ipswich coal in the Japanese market


  • New Hope purchases the Rylance Collieries operations


  • New Hope commences the West Moreton mining operations with the Jeebropilly Mine


  • Acquisitions and open cut mining methods see production near 1.2 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa).
  • Export commences through Queensland Bulk Handling (QBH)


  • New Hope acquires a 40% interest in PT Multi Harapan Utama, commencing two decades of operations in Indonesia
  • New Hope wins the Austrade Australian Export Award for Outstanding Export Achievement


  • Interest is acquired in PT Adaro Indonesia with commercial coal produced in 1992


  • New Hope wins the Queensland Premier’s Award for Environmental Excellence in the Queensland mining industry


  • New Hope wins the Queensland Premier’s Awards Commendation in recognition of innovative rehabilitation practice


  • New Hope purchases the Rhonnda Collieries operations


  • New Hope’s interest in Multi Harapan is sold to concentrate on Adaro, while a deep-water bulk handling coal terminal facility is developed in Indonesia


  • New Hope acquires the Acland deposit in South East Queensland
  • The Company purchases the Oakleigh Collieries


  • New Acland Coal Mine is commissioned at an initial marketable coal production rate of 2 Mtpa
  • The West Moreton region’s two mines (Jeebropilly and New Oakleigh) are awarded the ‘Excellence in Training in the Coal Sector Award’ by the Queensland Mining Industry Training Advisory Body


  • New Hope lists on the ASX
  • The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines awards the Mines Inspectorate ‘Best Safety Management in Queensland – Southern Region’ award to New Acland
  • New Oakleigh is awarded the Mines Inspectorate ‘Most Improved Safety Management in Queensland – Southern Region’ Award


  • The New Acland Coal mine’s production increases to 2.5 Mtpa


  • New Hope sells its interests in overseas operations to concentrate on its Australian operations


  • New Hope wins the ‘Premier of Queensland Export Minerals and Energy Award’
  • The Acland Pastoral Company (APC) is established
  • Winner of the Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry Minerals & Energy Category


  • The company acquires the remaining 50% stake in Queensland Bulk Handling


  • An initial 25% equity interest is acquired in an exclusive, worldwide, licensed coal-to-liquids technology with Quantex Energy Incorporated



  • New Hope takes ownership of Northern Energy Corporation (NEC)
  • Acland Pastoral Company starts scientifically-controlled grazing trials on rehabilitated land


  • New Hope acquires ownership of Bridgeport Energy – an emerging Australian oil and gas production development and exploration company
  • New Hope makes early moves into minerals exploration
  • Total clean coal production reaches a record 6.29 Mtpa
  • New Hope wins the ‘Ipswich Business of the Year’ Award