Story: Coal and coal mining

Miners’ hall, Rūnanga

Miners’ hall, Rūnanga

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

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Photograph by Jock Phillips

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Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, 'Coal and coal mining - Mining community', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 November 2017)

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