Story: King Country places

Benneydale township

Benneydale was a township purpose-built in 1940 to house the employees of the Mangapehi state coal mine. The mine was Benneydale’s reason for existence, so its closure after a fire in 1962 had a major, negative impact on the township. Listen to part of a 1983 radio documentary to hear more about the story behind Benneydale's name.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Spectrum 450 - The town that Paddy planned/Reference number 20685)

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Kerryn Pollock, 'King Country places - Benneydale', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Mar 2015