Saturday, November 06, 2010
This photo may not appear at first glance to have anything to do with Carmi's theme for this week - Electric.
Reefton is a tiny town on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, just an ice cream stop for us on our road trip last February. However it was once a busy gold mining centre, and later a centre for coal mining.
The reason I posted this photo was that in 1888 Reefton became the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to be lit by electricity. You can read more of the history of Reefton here.
(The book launch was a great success. I will post about it when I have gathered my thoughts a little. Looking forward to a much quieter week next week).