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Richmond Library: Author Talk - Phil Walsh

Sunday 14th August 2022

From beyond the Denniston Plateau comes the remarkable story of the Cascade Westport Coal Company.

Founded on limited resources and iron will, the Company was a courageous player in the volatile post-WW1 coal trade. The Company operated New Zealand’s longest coal flume through dire economic times. Compounding the Company’s struggle was the isolation, rugged topography, and notorious climate of Cascade Creek.

Conquering Cascade chronicles the troubles and triumphs of the coal company and the 30-year alliance with its contracted workforce: the Cascade Westport Cooperative Coal Party, their association culminating in a powerful legal showdown.

Following a decade of research, interviews, and the sourcing of rare material, Walsh has documented a truly epic saga in New Zealand’s industrial coal mining heritage.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about this fascinating slice of local history direct from the author.

Free. All welcome.



August 14




Richmond & surrounds


Richmond Library
280 Queen Street, Private Bag 3, Richmond 7050

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Ph. 03 543 8500

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