Throwback Thursday: Hunter coal mines | photos

TEN YEARS AGO - HUNTER MINES FROM THE AIR

King Coal: Hunter's 1.5billion tonnes would go three times to moon

Ten years ago, Newcastle, the world's biggest coal port, was at the pointy end of an immense global narrative.

A global energy and resources boom had crept up on the Hunter Valley and, seemingly overnight, transformed its export coal industry from big to massive.