Waiheathens: Voices from a Mining Town
" 'There in Waihi, with its toil and its treasure' Men's lives are squandered while earning a crust" This song was sung by residents of the Coromandel goldmining settlement of Waihi ("Waiheathens") in the first years of the 20th century. It is one of several authentic impressions... read full description below.
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||12 November 2012 by Atuanui Press Ltd
||By Derby, Mark
By (artist) Kerr, Bob
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Waiheathens has been produced to coincide with the centenary of the 1912 miner's strike which turned Waihi into a battleground and resulted in the violent death of one striker.
The book includes colour reproductions of the exhibition of paintings titled Gold Strike, by Wellington artist Bob Kerr, which was also inspired by the Waihi strike.
Waiheathens gives voice to a community and historical events which are unique in New Zealand, yet remain intensely significant to the entire country.
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Mark Derby is a Wellington writer and historian who has worked for the Waitangi Tribunal and Te Ara - the online encylopedia of NZ. His other books include Kiwi Companeros - New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War (2009) and The Prophet and the Policeman - the story of Rua Kenana and John Cullen (2009). He is the chair of the Labour History Project Inc.
Bob Kerr is a Wellington painter and author with an interest in New Zealand's history and landscape. His paintings are held in private collections in New Zealand and overseas. Perhaps his best-known work is on the cover of Michael King's Penguin History Of New Zealand. He is represented by Whitespace Gallery, Auckland.