Wambo Coal Singleton Hall of Fame

The Wambo Coal Singleton Hall of Fame celebrates individuals, families or local organisations who have a strong association with Singleton and who have achieved significant prominence at a state, national or international level in their field of endeavour. 

The Wambo Coal Singleton Hall of Fame was introduced with a vision to hold up people or organisations with a close association with Singleton, from all spheres of the community, who have achieved significant recognition at a State, national or international level in their field of endeavour, and it has certainly delivered on that premise, with an illustrious list of inductees covering business people, sportspeople and community service.

The Wambo Coal Singleton Hall of Fame began in 2009. Peabody, owners of the Wambo open cut mine in Singleton, has been the naming rights sponsor since the first induction and continue to partner with Singleton Council to add to the Hall of Fame every year since.

To be inducted to the Wambo Coal Singleton Hall of Fame is a great honour and great recognition for those individuals and organisations. But best of all, it’s a wonderful source of pride for our community and inspiration for future generations that people from our area are making an important contribution on the national and international stage in a range of fields.


Categories include:

  • Arts, Science and Education
  • Business, Industry and Tourism
  • Community Service
  • Meritorious Family
  • Public Service
  • Sport


Nominations for the 2020 Wambo Coal Singleton Hall of Fame open Friday 4 September 2020 and will close on Friday 25 September 2020. 

Click here to download a nomination form.

  1. 2019
  2. 2018
  3. 2017
  4. 2016
  5. 2015
  6. 2014
  7. 2013
  8. 2012
  9. 2011
  10. 2010
  11. 2009

Richard Martin – Community Service
Richard was the part owner of a local business for 20 years and a major sponsor of the Singleton Show for five years. Richard has also been an active member of the Uniting church, and has served as president of the local lions club and Probus Club.

Jenny Doran – Community Service
For the past 30 years, jenny has been providing care to people with disabilities through the Witmore Enterprises, Samaritans and St Vincent de Paul. Jenny has also poured her energy into a variety of fundraising events including the biggest morning tea, daffodil day, pink ribbon day and RSPCA cupcake day and has volunteered for a number of initiatives including the kids off the street program

Country Women’s Association Singleton – Community Service
The Country Women’s Association WSA established in Singleton in 1926 and has been an integral part of the community, providing support to rural women as well as local schools, drought relief and providing a safe space for community groups to meet.

John Martin OAM and Jan Martin (decd) – Community Service
John and Jan have been pillars of the Singleton community for all of their lifetime. John has been a Councillor since 1965 as well as the division controller for the SES, and up until her passing in 2019, Jan has been by his side as secretary and supporter. John and Jan have also been involved in Our Care services, delivered Meals on Wheels, and were members of Singleton Apex Club, Albion Park Tennis Club, Singleton Hospital community trust, and Singleton Tidy Towns.

Mick McCrone – Community Service
Mick has been a resident of Singleton since 2002 and has been an active member in the Singleton Lions Club, Singleton RSL sub branch, Rural Fire Service Bulga ever since. His long list of accolades includes the Melvin Jones fellow award by lions international for humanitarian service to the community, the James d Richardson award by Singleton Lions for dedicated service to the community and the Paul Harris fellow awarded by Singleton Rotary for outstanding service.

Vera Smith (decd) – Community Service
Vera is inducted posthumously for her continued and exemplary service to the people of Singleton. She was known for her compassion, wisdom, dedication, christian example and sense of fun. Vera was involved in the Anglican parish of Singleton, Singleton hospital auxiliary, ladies Probus club of Singleton, Lioness Club of Singleton and Putty village

David Walker – Community Service
In his 42 years as a resident of Singleton, David has provided service to the Singleton Town Band, Singleton Agricultural Show, Singleton RSL sub-branch, Justice of the Peace of NSW, 21st brigade 7th division AIF Association, Our Care services, Singleton Legacy group, and Singleton King Street Public School as a volunteer. He was Singleton Citizen of the Year in 1991, Australia Day ambassador in 1999, and a Queen’s Baton Relay Runner for the Australian Commonwealth Games in 2006.

David Williams OAM– Community Service
David moved to Singleton in 1959 and is well known as a local real estate agent. He also served as a Councillor and has a long association with the Singleton Rotary Club, Singleton Rugby Club, Singleton Business Chamber and Northern Agricultural Association incorporated. David has also been awarded a Paul Harris fellowship and a medal of the Order of Australia for Service to the community of Singleton.

Rotary Club of Singleton – Community Service
The Rotary Club of Singleton was formed in 1940 and comprises men and women of all ages from the community. Rotary has provided significant support to the community by raising much-needed funds for local charities through special community events and club activities. The Rotary Club of Singleton also sponsored the  Rotary Club of Singleton on Hunter and co-sponsored the r Rotary Club of Singleton Sunrise.

Red Cross Singleton NSW branch – Community Service

The Singleton branch of the Australian Red Cross was formed on 18 August, 1914 – five days after the first Australian branch in Melbourne. The branch meets monthly and provides a range of fundraising activities, personal support, emergency and disaster support, catering and involvement with Red Cross programs.

Gail Solman – Community Service
Singleton-born Gail was pivotal in establishing Singleton’s debut into the representative netball arena and has a long involvement in coaching our rising netball stars. She was awarded life membership of Singleton Netball Association in 2018.

Ian Hedley – Business

Ian was born in Singleton and established Hedweld as a sole trader at Mt Thorley in 1980. Since its beginnings providing repair and maintenance services to the Hunter Valley mining industry, it has grown to become a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative products. The business has been recognised with the Singleton Business Chamber’s outstanding exporter award, Hunter Manufacturers Award for Excellence in Innovation and the Premier’s NSW Export Awards.

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