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Big River Quartz Mine. A Worthwhile Speculation 1882-1942. L Wright. 1993 1st edition. Friends of Waiuta Inc, Reefton


A very detailed and interesting history of this gold mine in the Inangahua area, two miles from Waiuta. Mining started at Big River in 1882 and lasted for 60 years
Gold had been discovered in the area several time previously however the dangerous territory deterred many until a rich reef was discovered

List of names of:
Mine Managers w/dates
Battery Managers w/dates
Contractors w/job
Workers w/job
Shareholders & Directors
Wages at various dates
Other Mines in the area

Many other names throughout
Interesting insights into life in the mine community; the drinkers; those who contracted silicosis; the families


Old photos show people; mine buildings, shafts, workings and machinery; miners at work (some named); other buildings such as carpenters’ shop; miners’ huts (some with names of occupants); school pupils …
Plus more modern photos of the scrapping of the mine machinery and the area in general; derelict houses

Plans showing mine levels; aerials; batteries; water supplies; sawmill; etc


144pp; b/w photos, adverts and repros of documents; plans and maps; tables; bibliography; appendix; s/covers; good condition; ex Library with usual stamps etc
Covered in non-removable plastic; spine sunned
Inside tidy

Very scarce


Text Copyright 2016
Collectible Books, Napier




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