Story: Coal and coal mining

‘Cinderella shall go to the ball’

‘Cinderella shall go to the ball’

This cartoon by Nevile Lodge was published in 1973, when the first of the two oil shocks in that decade dramatically increased the price of oil and encouraged planners to reconsider the use of New Zealand’s substantial coal reserves. It shows a miner (‘N.Z. coal industry’) as Cinderella, and Fraser Colman, the minister of energy, as the fairy godmother. A Middle Eastern oil sheik and a ‘nuclear’ woman watch apprehensively, while outside, the palace labelled ‘energy supply’ is lit up.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-134-418
Cartoon by Nevile Lodge

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Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, 'Coal and coal mining - The late 20th and early 21st centuries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 14 Apr 2021