This fascinating autobiography by West Coaster Bill Munden follows his life from humble beginnings on a farm at Ahaura to managing the Huntly Coal Mine project in the North Island. In his early life, Bill worked in the milling industry, spend his weekends deer hunting and eventually took a position at the Dobson coal mines. Here, he found a career that spanned decades as he rose through the ranks of the unions as well as the work place.
Bill Munden’s autobiography is more than a tale of the boy from the bush who worked hard and achieved well for himself and his country. It’s a personal account of New Zealand’s history, with an emphasis on the West Coast’s coal mining industry and the development of mechanized mining in the North Island to support the Huntly Power Station Project. Through it all shines Bill’s love of people and of life itself.
Well illustrated, 316 pages.