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Waiuta miners preparing to strike


These Waiuta miners outside their union hall look cheerful enough, considering they were in the process of voting to strike. Perhaps there was the prospect of spending some of their leisure time watching the movies advertised on the billboards – that is, until the reality of getting by on strike pay hit home.


Photographer: Joseph Divis
Brendon Wilshire collection (copyright)

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