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Member since 02 Nov 2006
Member from Linwood
I would love to find which mines my dad and his brothers worked at on arrival in NZ 1922. Is it possible to do this?
Member since 02 Feb 2007
Member from Mangere Central
Try that link Joybel.Any Papers Past may have more as well.
Member since 17 Feb 2007
Member from Lower Hutt
Try the Electoral rolls at Christchurch Library or National Archives, if they are open. I don't know what damage was done in the earthquake. I found my goldmining ggrandfather that way.
Member since 05 Oct 2009
Member from Waltham
Joybel, we can talk about these Mines on Wednesday. Both my Grandfather and Father worked Denniston and my Father a few others as well.
I have been up to the museum and photo gallery at Deniston. It is very interesting and quite mind boggling when you think how high it is. I enjoyed Denniston Rose. You said you were born up there, Classy. So Highborn and Classy as well, eh
Member since 28 May 2009
Member from Wallaceville
MY granddad was a coalminer on the west coast of the South Island from the time he and his family arrived here from Wales in 1923 >Grandad worked at the Millerton mine and they lived in the town of Millerton. The town where they lived is mostly gone now,but the Pub was still there ,the last that I heard.Peggy's Pub. Mum told me that there were a lot of immigrants from Britain,especially Scottish and Welsh and that many came out at the same time. The Ship which my mother,uncle and grandparents left ftom Southhampton in April 1923.Mum told me that were three mines there when she was a child- The Millerton mine,the Stockton mine and she mentioned another one as well.Mum remembers Scottish immigrants. There are likely to have been people from all over Britain I should think.
Gigglebyte the Peggy's Pub was owned by my Aunty's family.
Ina Peggy married my Uncle Ashwyn and he eventually became the Post Master of Westport for many years until his retirement.
A lot of Welsh miners went to Denniston and part of the area was called "Pommie Town".
Where in Wales did you Grandad come from?
Joybel, I was born in the Miner's Hospital the same day the first 'talkie' movie was shown up there. I was left at the hospital (the Doctor told Mother to go) so Mother and my Father went to the movie and then Mother came back to stay with me.
It cost a shilling each to go to the movie so no one wanted to miss it.
Member since 29 Jun 2006
Member from Leithfield Beach
My grandfather came out as a miner at Denniston he worked on EastBelt. My father was born on East belt.My favorate uncle Allan Quy was deputy supervisor of Stocton mine for many years.
Classy C- my grandfather, Edwin Reece was from Blaenavon,in South Wales. So was his wife ,my maternal grandmother Sarah Anne Asten Reece (nee White). They came out from Britain with their two children Jack and Thelma. Thelma was my mother and she died in April 2010,aged 91. This coming August she would have celebrated her 94th birthday! Nana and Grandad had three more children once they came to New Zealand- Shiela,Edwin (Ted) and Kathleen.
Member since 05 Aug 2006
Member from Blaketown
I have a friend who was born at Denniston i am pretty sure she is in the book Denniston Rose she has a number of photos and they have been pub. in the Messager a free paper put out by the Greymouth Evening star if you wrote to the Greymouth evening star they would help you.
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