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Hi, my mom frances cunningham was evacuated from Liverpool to ironbridge in 1939. It was very traumatic but she had a vey good time, including some time at the blue school. Does anyone have any photos from that time??
This is a little off the genealogy subject, but may be of interest to
Presently there are about 30 miners trapped in the Pike River (Ataura)
coal mine, from an enormous explosion. Poisonous methane gas is the
problem. This mine is 72 km virtually due south of the old Ironbridge
and Coalbrookdale abandoned coal mines (Denniston). Ataura is a third of
the way between Greymouth and Reefton. Both towns are gold and coal
mining areas, that my descendants came to, for work; from Yorkshire,
Dorset and Shropshire. Below is some history of Reefton:
Alluvial gold had been discovered in the Īnangahua valley in 1866, but
returns were consistently lower than in the Kumara-Hokitika area to the
south. The first gold-bearing quartz reefs near Reefton were discovered
in 1870, and gold was extracted by 1872. There were further discoveries
during the 1870s, leading to the formation of a number of mining
companies. Although returns to shareholders were high at first, there
was a slump in the 1880s as money to develop deeper mines was not
available. With the formation of Consolidated Goldfields New Zealand in
1896, leases were amalgamated and modern technology was used to
successfully mine the quartz reefs for the next 55 years.
>From 1872 to 1951 over 4 million tonnes of quartz were mined in the
Reefton area, producing 64,700 kilograms of gold. Although there were 59
mines, only 11 produced more than half a tonne.
Walter Prince, an English electrical engineer, installed a 1-kilowatt
electrical plant to light Dawson's Hotel in 1886. By 1888 a
hydroelectric plant was installed to provide lighting in Reefton - said
to be the first town in the southern hemisphere to be lit by
Thankyou Graham (and agree) with the reasons for placing surnames in
the subject line, rather than the annoying school mistress approach.
The search archives are a valuable source. I have Weaver and Tomlins
(plural) in my lot, but haven't found any living ones from this line,
nor know little past. My Martha Tomlins married Frederick William
Bathurst Poole Dec qtr 1840 at Madeley. The Ironbridge 'Museum of the
Gorge' on the edge of the Severn was 'Tomlins Garage' about 100yrs ago.
---- Also, my gggggparents Elizabeth Weaver and William Hinton are on
IGI, as marrying 8 Feb 1808 at Kidderminster, WOR (probably St.Marys CoE
-------The following is a paragraph from page 91 of the Worcestershire
'Hunt End Book' - "Stourport-on-Severn" by Anne Bradford. I hope Anne
Mill Road, leads of course, to the old site of Mitton Mill. The
residents of Mill Road may not know that the one-time Mayor of
Philadelphia, city and port of USA, came from their midst (ie.
Stourport, Worcestershire). John Weaver was the fourth son of Benjamin
Weaver who lived in Mill Road. His first employment was as an office boy
at Wilden Iron Works, then he became a clerk in the office of the Severn
& Canal Carrying Company. He came to Philadelphia, tried several jobs
but wasn't satisfied until he went to work in a lawyer's office. He
taught himself shorthand and typing so that he could improve his
position, then he decided he wanted to be a fully-fledged lawyer and he
studied in evening classes for five years until he was qualified.
Although John Weaver was quiet and unassuming he was a man of steel. In
a city which was notorious for its bribery, corruption, betting and
gambling, John Weaver stood out as an honest, straightforward Christian
and he was eventually elected as mayor. One year, he went on holiday in
the Rockies and the council took the opportunity of his absence to
authorise the sale of the town's gas works which would bring in a large
revenue but increase the cost of gas to the townsfolk. Weavers' friends
sent him a telegram to let him know what was going on, he rushed back
and caught his colleagues unawares. Another time he managed to quell a
riot of about a thousand black workers single-handedly. The townsfolk
hailed him as a hero."
Richard Poole, NZ.