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.
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.
There is also a memorial wheel erected after the Pike Disaster, which features tiles made by the Pike families to honour their dead.
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.
A Pike Memorial Service is held late afternoon on November 19th.
A schools programme is also available and we have a library of relevant books on Labour History.
Contact us on email@example.com or 03 7324010.