Story: Coal and coal mining

Kaitangata mine

Kaitangata mine

This photograph shows the Kaitangata mine in the mid-1870s. It was one of the earliest, beginning operations in 1858. Although most of New Zealand’s major coal fields, including those on the West Coast, had been discovered by 1860, the first working mines were in the south.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, G. Lamond Collection
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Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, 'Coal and coal mining - The 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2023)

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