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Resting Place near Wharaiki Beach - Golden Bay

Journal by anafred

The only reason I know of its existence is that my paternal grandmothers (Mary Matilda CLIMO) ashes, my fathers ashes (Ivan Rex CLIMO) and one of my paternal uncles (Henry CLIMO) ashes are all scattered in this very remote location. It is off the road and up on the rise of a hill barely visible unless you are well versed with the area and know where to look. I am unaware of any documentation regarding this resting place.

Link to Wharaiki Beach - just to give an idea of how remote this area actually is


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on 2014-03-17 06:00:26

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by anafred on 2014-03-17 06:02:02

Apologies I do not know how to link a web address :). Sorry Help with this would be appreciated. Thanks

by ngairedith on 2014-03-17 06:22:01

GOLDEN BAY New Zealand

by ngairedith on 2014-03-17 07:15:45

about the name on the sign beneath your grandmother, Mary Matilda Climo (nee Bruning):

Nelson Evening Mail, 28 January 1905
PUPONGA, yesterday
A man named James Muirhead, 44 (sic, he was 46) years of age, a native of Scotland, underviewer in the pit at the Puponga mine, was killed yesterday afternoon through being crushed by trucks which ran down the dip in the mine through the parting of a coupling by which a rake of trucks was being hauled up. The injured man lived for about an hour and a half after the accident. The injuries consist of very severely crushed knee and internal wounds in the lower part of the body. The cause of the accident is reported to be a defective coupling and no blame can apparently be attached to any of the officials immediately in charge of the mine. The deceased was a steady man, much liked among his fellow-workmen, and his untimely end has caused a profound feeling of deep regret at Puponga. An inquest is now being held at Puponga before Mr E. Davidson, Coroner.
The deceased had a brother at Westport and a sister at Dunedin, and has had long experiences in the colony as a miner

ps see private message detailing how to make links

by anafred on 2014-03-17 22:15:21

Thanks I always wondered the story behind James Muirhead. This made interesting reading for me as both my father and his brother Alexander worked in the Puponga Coal mine when they were younger. Ivan Rex Climo said that James Sanson CLIMO his father "shored and split" the wooden supports and stays used in many of the shafts of the mine itself. Not quite sure when the mine was flooded originally but Ivan always said it happened slowly at first then the sea "took over". The entrance was still there but I could not remember its location the last time I was in Puponga which is now at least 19 years ago.

by ngairedith on 2014-03-18 06:35:59

for your interest Anafred, and for those interested in the old coal mine at Puponga:

from the site DREAMLIKE
... the mine opened up in 1899. A railway linked the mine with Port Puponga where a long wharf, said by some to be the longest in the southern hemisphere, stood out into the shallow bay. The early 1900's saw the population of Puponga swell to several hundred, supporting two general stores, a billiard saloon, a bake-house, two boarding houses plus dance hall, post office and a two-teacher school.

The "Number-one" mine was closed by flooding and a strike in 1916; smaller seams were then worked. The township shrank. The nearby "Cape Mine" closed in the early 1930?s and the "Township Mine" closed ten years later. However, a resurgence of interest saw the old "Number-one Mine" dewatered by electric pumps in the late 1950?s and this produced coal until the early 1970?s when all mining stopped.

There is little to be seen today. The main pit-head is a wilderness of gorse, its buildings torn down; the railway and wharf were in ruins many years before. Some of the houses standing today in Puponga belonged to the mine and there are still many local people who can tell you of the times when Puponga coal powered much local industry.

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