Story: Coal and coal mining

Mechanical mining (2nd of 3)

Mechanical mining

At the turn of the 20th century miners began to use compressed-air machines. In this photograph from around 1903, miners called ‘shooters’ are drilling holes in which explosives will be placed.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, R. P. Suggate Collection
Reference: 1/1-007751-G

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Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, 'Coal and coal mining - The miners’ work', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7447/mechanical-mining (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 14 Apr 2021, updated 1 Sep 2016