Story: Coal and coal mining

Mechanical mining (2nd of 3)

Mechanical mining

At the turn of the 20th century miners began to use compressed-air machines. These were often used, as in this image from around 1903, by miners called ‘shooters’ who drilled holes and placed explosives in them.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, R. P. Suggate Collection
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Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, 'Coal and coal mining - The miners’ work', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7447/mechanical-mining (accessed 17 November 2019)

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