Coal Mines of Puponga

Author(s): Carol Dawber

Nelson, Marlborough & Tasman | Secondhand

180 pages Puponga, at the base of Farewell Spit in northwest Nelson, is now a quiet holiday settlement where seabirds wheel and call. But in 1919 the silence was regularly broken by the clanking of machinery, the laughter of school children and the whistle of the steam train as it pushed another rake of wagons out along the wharf to the waiting scow. Three coal mines were worked in the area, totalling 76 years of industrial activity from the late 1890's to 1974. In its heyday the village had a hall, school, general store, bakery, post office and butcher's shop. From 1904 to 1943 there were more than350 adult residents who called Puponga home. Author Peter Dyer combines his lifelong interest in locomotives and his fascination with Puponga's industrial past in this detailed look at the Puponga, North Cape and Wharariki mines and the people who worked them.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780958225205
  • : rivnz
  • : rivnz
  • : November 2001
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Carol Dawber
  • : Hardback
  • : 312
  • : 188 illustrations