Story: Coal and coal mining

Miners’ hall, Rūnanga (1st of 2)

Miners’ hall, Rūnanga

The Rūnanga Miner's Hall, emblazoned with socialist slogans, was built in 1937 to replace the original 1908 hall, which had burned down. British miners brought to New Zealand a strong tradition of industrial unionism, and this quickly established itself, especially on the West Coast.

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Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, 'Coal and coal mining - Mining community', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2021)

Story by Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 14 Apr 2021, updated 1 Sep 2016