Story: Gold and gold mining

Electricity comes to Reefton

This is part of an article in the Inangahua Herald of 6 August 1888 that details the coming of electricity to Reefton on the West Coast. It was the first supply of commercial power and electric light in the southern hemisphere, and was generated by a small hydroelectric scheme.

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Reference: Inangahua Times, 6 August 1888, p. 2

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Carl Walrond, 'Gold and gold mining - Gold and the economy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/8657/electricity-comes-to-reefton (accessed 19 November 2017)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006