Who we are

New exhibition opened by Cuban ambassador.

New exhibition opened by Cuban ambassador.

Mahi Tupuna The Blackball Museum of Working Class History was established in Blackball on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand/Aotearoa to celebrate the town’s special place in NZ Labour History, for the 1908 strike by Blackball Coal Miners led to a federation of trade unions, which in turn led to the forming of the NZ Labour Party.

Panels tell the story of the 1908 strike

Panels tell the story of the 1908 strike

The Museum tells the story of the strike, has a permanent exhibition of Blackball’s coal mining heritage and has a changing exhibition on either a political/union issue or on Blackball’s heritage.

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There is also a memorial wheel erected after the Pike Disaster, which features tiles made by the Pike families to honour their dead.

International trade union delegation visit.

International trade union delegation visit.

The Museum is open 24/7 and is found in the main street of Blackball, 22km from Greymouth .

The Museum hosts a major Mayday event each year, featuring forums on current issues and cultural events, on the closest weekend to May 1st.

Mayday pic

A Pike Memorial Service is held late afternoon on November 19th.

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A schools programme is also available and we have a library of relevant books on Labour History.

Contact us on wkcultur@ihug.co.nz or 03 7324010.

 

Schools programme

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