Blacks Point

Blacks Point is a locality near Reefton on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

Blacks Point in 1910

Blacks Point is located south-west of Reefton on State Highway 7 adjacent to the Inangahua River.[1] The settlement is one of many that were founded in the early 1870s, at a time when over 80 mines were being sunk into the gold-bearing quartz reefs in the Reefton area. Most of the settlers who formed the township of Blacks Point in 1873 were miners from Cornwall.[2]

One attraction is the Blacks Point Museum, a former Wesleyan Methodist Church from 1876 converted to a museum that displays the history of a typical mining town.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Place name detail: Blacks Point". New Zealand Gazetteer. New Zealand Geographic Board. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  2. ^ Heritage West Coast (November 2015). Heritage West Coast Ngā Taonga Pūmau o Te Tai Pounamu: A Strategic Vision 2015–2025. Greymouth: Heritage West Coast. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-473-31235-0. Wikidata Q105750397.
  3. ^ "Our history". Reefton Tourism. Retrieved 4 March 2021.

Coordinates: 42°7′44″S 171°53′2″E / 42.12889°S 171.88389°E / -42.12889; 171.88389