Story: Coal and coal mining

Denniston township

Denniston township

In 1945, when John Pascoe photographed Denniston, it had an unkempt feel. Like many West Coast coal-mining communities, Denniston fell on hard times between the wars and more particularly in the 25 years after the Second World War. Competition from Waikato mines, declining demand for bituminous coal for ships and trains, a move to safer opencast mining, and consumers’ preference for clean electricity over gas and coal all hurt mines such as Denniston.

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Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, 'Coal and coal mining - The 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

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