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.


It’s been 10 years since the first engraved paver was laid on the Wambo Coal Singleton Hall of Fame, and plenty of footprints have followed in celebration of Singleton’s contribution to the national and international stage with a total of 46 inductees.


Categories include:

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


Nominations open on 29 July 2019. Applicants must complete the nomination form and attach any supporting documentation.

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


Ruth Rogers - Community Service
For anyone who knows Ruth Rogers and the breadth of her involvement in the local community, it might come as a surprise to some that she didn’t want to move to Singleton 31 years ago as a military wife. But two years later, she was involved in the establishment of the Singleton Area Military Support Network (SAMSN) for the wives of personnel, and three decades later has served as a Singleton Councillor and president of the Singleton Business Chamber – to name but two. But it’s her work with military veterans, and in particular soldiers and their families dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety that she is most passionate about these days. 

As she completes a psychology degree, her work with veterans was recognised with a Ministerial Commendation delivered personally by NSW Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott on Tuesday. Ruth says she always had an interest in the wellbeing of returned service personnel because her father suffered from “shell shock”, but her interest grew when she saw the impacts on the latest generation of servicemen. “Our son was in the military and his mates were deployed overseas and they were coming back not just with their own problems, but they were coming back to family issues as well and if you haven’t got the support of your family, it makes it a lot harder,” she says.

“But we got more involved when he lost a few of his mates to suicide. I thought there’s got to be something more that we can do – not just for the veterans, but their families as well. And that’s when I found Australian Families of Military. They do research and raise funds for the family unit.” 

Ruth is involved as a contact for military families requiring assistance, and has hosted three retreats for the wives of returned personnel. 

Warren Taggart - Arts, Science and Education
Aboriginal elder, Uncle Warren Taggart, has worked tirelessly to both preserve and share the Wonnarua peoples rich history and culture.

From organising NADIOC ceremonies and assisting with the documentation and preservation of local sacred sites to educating the young, he is always willing to give up his time and enlighten others.

Over the years his journey has involved conducting regular tours of the culturally significant Baiame Cave.  Warren is the author of a colouring booked aimed at pre-schoolers and his daughter Kerri-Ann did the illustrations.

Warren has been an active member of the Singleton Aboriginal Advisory Committee for many years and regular delivers Welcome to Country at various events throughout the Local Government Area.

At the Upper Hunter NAIDOC Awards held in 2016 Elder of the Year (Male) was awarded to Warren Taggart.

Singleton Scouts - Community Service
The Singleton Scout Group was formed in 1917.  The troop flag was originally donated by the Dangar Family.  On 20th June 2017 the Singleton Scout Group celebrated 100 years since being officially registered.  The Singleton Scout Group enjoys a long term lease in Edward Street, and has over 80 members aged between 6 and 18 years.  Scouting fosters, the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual development of youth, through the “Scouting Method”.  The Singleton Scout Group has been involved in many community events including Clean up Australia Day activities, Broke Road Clean Up, assisting at the Singleton Show and Shine and the Milbrodale Classic.

3 King Scouts (the highest rank in many Commonwealth countries, when a king sits on the throne of England) and 7 Queen Scouts (the highest youth award achievable in the scouting movement where Scouts operate under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth II)