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Heartland - Reefton Television (Full Length Episode) – 1996 Popular Factual Documentary

Heartland - Reefton

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1996 Popular Factual Documentary

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Heartland host Gary McCormick visits the West Coast mining town of Reefton. He takes an early morning trip down Surprise Mine, getting an insight into the tough life of a coal miner. He also meets the miners' wives, who talk about the perils of trying to wash ingrained coal dirt out of clothes, and living with men who are frequently injured in the course of their work. McCormick also attends the First Light Festival, held to mark the fact that Reefton was the first town in the southern hemisphere to have electric lighting.

Jimmy Martin was one who discovered gold at Waiuta. For his trouble he made £500. A short time later the right was sold to an English mining concern for £30,000. The man who struck the richest gold reef in New Zealand ended his days at a gardener at the local hospital.
– Gary McCormick