Story: West Coast places

Seddonville coal train (1st of 3)

Seddonville coal train

Seddonville is the northernmost part of the Buller coalfield. Although high-quality bituminous coal had been known there since the 1870s, it could not be worked and sold until a railway line to the port of Westport was opened in 1893. This train is carrying coal from the Westport-Cardiff mine, about 1897. The company collapsed soon after afterwards. A nearby mine was later opened up by the Seddonville State Mine.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, P. Murray Collection
Reference: 1/2-146481; F
Photograph by Howard (Westport)

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Simon Nathan, 'West Coast places - Buller coal towns', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/20955/seddonville-coal-train (accessed 21 July 2019)

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