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


The exemplary citizens of the Singleton local government area are being sought to be recognised on the Wambo Coal Singleton Hall of Fame with nominations open on Friday for one of the area’s most prestigious honours.

The Wambo Coal Singleton Hall of Fame is a great way for everyone in our community to celebrate the hard work, achievements and dedication of our fellow residents and those with a strong connection to the Singleton local government area. 

Despite COVID lockdowns, the 12th year of the Wambo Coal Singleton Hall of Fame is going ahead to recognise those individuals, organisations and families connected to Singleton by birth, education or residence and who have achieved State, National or international acclaim in their field of endeavour.

However, restrictions will determine if the induction ceremony on Wednesday 24 November is held in person or virtually.

It’s simple and easy to nominate online - click here to access the form. 

Nominations close on Friday 1 October 2021.

  1. 2020
  2. 2019
  3. 2018
  4. 2017
  5. 2016
  6. 2015
  7. 2014
  8. 2013
  9. 2012
  10. 2011
  11. 2010
  12. 2009


Gregory Lancaster | Sport

Greg has always been a keen sportsman and in 1987 he began powerlifting at the Singleton PCYC and it became his passion.  Greg went on to represent Singleton, NSW and Australia no less than on 20 occasions.  In 1994 Greg was named in the Australian team to travel to Johannesburg in South Africa.  He achieved 4th place and brought home 2 x bronze medals for the squat and deadlift.  Over the next 20 years Greg competed all over the world and has won many Oceania, Commonwealth Titles and breaking squat, bench and deadlift records in three different weight divisions.  

Gerard McMillan |  Community Service 

Gerard has recently retired as the General Manager Singleton Diggers a position he has held since 1979.  Gerard has played in and referred Rugby Union games.  Gerard joined the Rotary Club of Singleton in 1987 and served in most positions including President 1999 - 2000.  He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Singleton Sunrise and was Charter President in 2016 – 2017.  Gerard was the District Governor in 2014 – 2015.

Ken Neely |  Community Service

Ken was a small business owner (K & J Neely Carriers) for 49 years.  He was involved in Anglican Church in a number of capacities, was an inaugural member of the Singleton Apex Club becoming the first District Governor and was awarded a life member. He was a member of Lodge St Andrews for more than 60 years and was patron of the Glennies Creek Cricket Club. Ken was also a driver for Ourcare Services Ltd and a supporter of the Cancer Council.

Charlie Shearer | Business Industry and Tourism

Charlie was born in Singleton and operated a diary farm at Maison Dieu.  He was a member of the Northern Agricultural Association (Singleton Show) for 50 years and 12 years as President.   Charlie promoted Holstein Friesians Dairy Cattle and was awarded Federal Life Membership in 1983 of the Australian Holstein Association.  Charlie owned the Corner Takeaway Shop in Maison Dieu.  He bred (racing pacers) trotters, employed local trainers who had many successes over the years. Charlie also played local cricket until he was 50.

The Hon George Souris | Public Service

George was a Councillor for seven years and Deputy Shire President for four years.  George entered State Politics in 1988 and was Member for Upper Hunter until 2015.  George held a number of Ministerial appointments and was Deputy Leader of the Nationals from 1993 to 1999 and Leader of the Nationals from 1999 to 2003.  In June 2016 George was awarded an AM in recognition of his significant service to the people and community of the Upper Hunter.

Singleton PCYC | Community Service

The Singleton PCYC was officially opened on 13 September, 1965.  The PCYC is a charity empowering young people to reach their potential through Police and community partnerships.  The PCYC provides quality activities and programs in a safe, fun and friendly environment.  The PCYC work with youth-at-risk to break the cycle of disadvantage through crime prevention, vocational education, youth capacity building and social responsibility programs to change the life and wellbeing outcomes for young people.

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