Story: Coal and coal mining

Governor at Brunner

Governor at Brunner

In this 1875 photograph the governor, Lord Normanby, visits the Brunner mine. In the 1870s and 1880s coal became important to national hopes for a prosperous industrial future. The Brunner mine, which began operations in 1864, was a major focus of ambitions in these years, and by the late 1880s it was producing a third of the country’s coal.

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Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, 'Coal and coal mining - The 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7424/governor-at-brunner (accessed 7 August 2020)

Story by Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 7 Sep 2016