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Gold miners prepare for the next shift


Waiuta miners prepare to start their shift in the mine: some are carrying fuse wire; others have candles stuffed into their pockets or their trouser belts. Near the front centre of the photograph, behind and to the left of the miner with the carbide lamp on his helmet, is long-time union president S.P. Williams. Joseph Divis has snuck into the picture on the far right.


Photographer: Joseph Divis
Brendon Wilshire collection (copyright)

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