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For more information on the sites included in The No Town Project I have found the following books useful. While some information about these sites can be found on the internet, much more detailed information is available in books; both however are included here.


Bolitho, E. (1999). Reefton School of Mines 1886-1970: Stories of Jim Bolitho. Reefton, N.Z.: Friends of Waiuta.

Cleveland, & Les. (1966). The Silent Land. Christchurch, N.Z.: The Caxton Press.

Cranshaw, N. The first wave: A history of the early days of coal in Buller. Westport, N.Z.: Norman Cranshaw.

Crumpton, E.W. (1979). Spencer the gold seeker. Christchurch, N.Z.: Batyprint New Zealand Ltd.

Drummond, A., & L.R., D. (1967). At home in New Zealand: An illustrated history of everyday things before 1865. Auckland, N.Z.: Blackwood and Janet Paul Ltd.

Eldred-Grigg, & Stevan. (2008). Diggers hatters & whores: The story of the New Zealand gold rushes. Auckland, N.Z.: Random House.

Ell, G. (1995). Gold Rush: Tales and traditions of the New Zealand goldfields. Auckland, N.Z.: The Bush Press.

Ell, G. (1988). New Zealand ghost towns and glimpses of the past. Auckland, N.Z.: The Bush Press.

Ell, S. (Ed.). (1993). The Lives of Pioneer Women in New Zealand: From their letters, diaries and reminiscences (Vol. 2). Auckland, N.Z.: The Bush Press.

Harper, B. (1980). Petticoat Pioneers: South Island women of the colonial era (Vol. 3). Wellington, N.Z.: A.H. & A.W. Reed.

Heinz, W. F. (1974). Bright Fine Gold: Stories of the New Zealand goldfields. Wellington, N.Z.: A. H. & A. W. Reed.

Heinz, W. F. (1968). Prospecting for gold. Christchurch, N.Z.: Pegasus.

Heinz, W. F. (1972). The story of Shantytown. Christchurch, N.Z.: Pegasus.

Hoskins, R. (1977). Goldfield Balladeer: The life and times of the celebrated Charles R. thatcher the "inimitable", songster of the New Zealand goldfields. Auckland, N.Z.: Collins.

Houghton, P. (1974). Hidden Water. Auckland, N.Z.: Hodder and Stoughton.

Kay, R. A. (Ed.). (1960). Westland's Golden Century 1860-1960. Greymouth, N.Z.: The Westland Centennial Council.

Latham, D. (1992). The golden reefs: an account of the great days of quartz-mining at Reefton. Nelson, N.Z.: Nikau Press.

Lee, J. A. (1977). Roughnecks, rolling stones & rouseabouts. Christchurch, N.Z.: Whitcoulls.

MacGibbon, J. (2007). Piano in the parlour: when the piano was New Zealand's home entertainment centre. Wellington, N.Z.: Ngaio Press.

Mackay, D. (1992). Frontier New Zealand: The search of eldorado 1800-1920. Auckland, N.Z.: Harper Collins.

Marks, S., & Richardson, P. (Eds.). International labour migration: Historical perspectives. London: Maurice Temple Smith.

Matthews, E. (1999). Yesterdays in Golden Buller (2 ed.). Christchurch, N.Z.: Cadsonbury.

May, P. R. (Ed.). (1975). Miners & Militants: Politics in Westland. Whitcoulls.

May, P. R. (1962). The West Coast Gold Rushes. Christchurch, N.Z.: Pegasus Press.

McCaskill, M. (1956). The goldrush population of Westland. New Zealand Geographer , 12 (1).

McCaskill, M. (1954). The Poutini coast: A geography of Maori settlement in Westland. New Zealand Geographer , 10 (2).

McGill, D. (1980). Ghost towns of New Zealand. Wellington, N.Z.: A. H. & A. W. Reed.

McNeish, J. (1984). Tavern in the town (2nd Edition ed.). Wellington, N.Z.: Reed.

Millar, J. H. (1953). High noon for coaches. Wellington, N.Z.: A. H. & A. W. Reed.

Morton, E. K. (1929). Along the road: A book of New Zealand life and travel (Fourth Impression ed.). Auckland, N.Z.: Unity Press.

Mundy, D. (1953). The days that are no more. Renwick, Marlborough, N.Z.: Donald Mundy.

National Council of Women, Westland. (1998). Women of Westland and their Families. (Y. Davison, & F. Mills, Eds.) Greymouth, N.Z.: Westland Branch of NCW.

Nolan, T. (1975). Gold Trails of the West Coast. Wellington, N.Z.: A.H. & A.W. Reed.

Nolan, T. (1979). The bad old days: A century of life in the young colony of New Zealand. Wellington, N.Z.: A. H. & A. W. Reed.

Preshaw, G. O. (1888). Banking under difficulties: or life on the goldfields of Victoria, New South Wales & New Zealand. Melbourne: Edwards, Dunlop & Co.

Reid, R. C. (1886). Rambles on the golden coast of the South Island of New Zealand. London: The Colonial Printing and Publishing Company, Limited.

Rogers, A. (2005). Illustrated history of the West Coast. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed.
Russell, S. (n.d.). Lyell. Retrieved from The Prow:

Salmon, J. H. (1963). A history of goldmining in New Zealand. Wellington, N.Z.: R. E. Owen.

Schrader, B. (2005). We call it home: A history of state housing in New Zealand. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed Publishing.

Thornton, G. G. (1982). New Zealand's industrial heritage. Wellington, N.Z.: A. H. & A. W. Reed.

White, G. (2007). Light Fantastic: Dance floor courtship in New Zealand. Auckland, N.Z.: Harper Collins.

Wilson, J. (Ed.). (1983). New Zealand's industrial past: Papers presented at a seminar on industrial archaeology in New Zealand. Wellington, N.Z.: New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

Big River

Unknown. (n.d.). Big River. Retrieved from Reefton: Town of light:

Wright, L. (1993). Big River quartz mine:1882-1942, A worthwhile speculation. Reefton, N.Z.: Friends of Waiuta Inc.


Wright, L. (2010). Brighton: Nelson south-west gold field, its boom and bust. Punakaiki, N.Z.: Friends of Fox River and Bridge Inc.


Battye, S., & Eakin, T. (1980). The shadow of the valley: a play about the Brunner mine disaster, 1896. Wellington, N.Z.: Oxford University Press.

Wood, B. (1996). Disaster at Brunner: The coalmine tragedy at Brunnerton N.Z. 26 March 1896: A commemorative history. Greymouth, N.Z.: Brian Wood.


Adams, C. (1971). The Hill. Christchurch, N.Z.: J. W. Baty Ltd.

Fayen, B. J. Silk amidst the coal: From Wales to Burnett's Face and beyond... Westport, N.Z.: Beatrice June Fayen.

Macdonald, H., & Sims, D. (Directors). (1967). On Denniston: Eighth Wonder of the Industrial World [Motion Picture].

Meyer, R. J. (1989). Coaling from the clouds: The Mount Rochfort railway and the Denniston incline (2nd Edition ed.). Auckland, N.Z.: Brick Row Publishing.

Richardson, L., with Morris, G. (1984). The Denniston Miner's Union: a centennial history. Westport, N.Z.: The Denniston Miner's Union centennial committee.

Unknown. (n.d.). Denniston 8th wonder of the world:


Alexander, V. (1996). Greenstone: Riches of the past. Christchurch Press.


Heinz, W. F. (1977). New Zealand's last gold rush. Wellington, N.Z.: A.H. & A.W. Reed.


Brown, M.C. (1987). Lyell: The golden past. Murchison, N.Z.: Murchison District Historical & Museum Society (Inc.).


Unknown. (n.d.). Okarito: Okarito Community Association Inc.:


Wright, L. (2000). Siberia to the sea: Memories of Rewanui settlement, the Liverpool coal mines and the Rewanui incline. Runanga, N.Z.: The Rewanui Preservation Society.


Unknown. (n.d.). Ross goldfields: Information and heritage centre:


Chandler, E. C. (1962). Waiuta ghosts: The meanderings of a quartz-miner. Christchurch, N.Z.: Privately printed.

Nathan, S. (2010). Through the eyes of a miner: the photography of Joseph Divis. Wellington, N.Z.: Steele Roberts.

Nightingale, T., Wright, L., & Hutchison, A. (1986). Waiuta: 1906-1951: the gold mine, the town, the people. Reefton, N.Z.: Friends of Waiuta.

Unknown. (n.d.). Waiuta: The goldmine, the town, the people:

Wright, L. (Ed.). (2006). Our own fun: Childhood memories of Waiuta. Reefton, N.Z.: Friends of Waiuta.