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Nightcaps Coal Company

Coal made Nightcaps. Its discovery gave the Southern Region a major and timely economic boost.

Outcrops were discovered by Maori. By the 1870s wagoners began to cart coal. William Johnston of Annandale employed the Moncrieff Brothers to search more systematically. The Nightcaps Coal Company was establish in 1880.

At the same time the site for the town was surveyed. A rail connection from Wairio was made on 2 March 1882.

Nightcaps coal was used by international steamers and for domestic use. Smaller companies mined other pits nearby.

In 1915, 108 men produced a record output of 63,651 tonnes. Production stopped in 1923. The company had produced 1.37 million tonnes.

Nightcaps was typical of mining communities in the prolific use of nicknames by the miners. Many a miner's full name was only ever discovered on his wedding day or at his funeral!

Until recently Ohai Coal Ltd had resumed mining the old Nightcaps seams using modern recovery and conservation techniques.



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