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Coal seam at Mōkihinui


This huge coal seam, about 11-m thick, occurs in Coal (Parenga) Creek near Seddonville, and was the site of one of the area's earliest coal mines. A shaft has been driven into the lower part of the seam. British coal miners were used to working seams only 2- or 3-m thick, and their traditional mining techniques left much of the coal in the ground. Later generations of miners came back to try and recover some of this unmined coal.


Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/2-035123;F
Photographer: Henry Thomas Lock
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