Blacks Point Museum

Blacks Point Museum is a museum in Blacks Point, near Reefton on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

BuildingEdit

The museum building is a former Methodist/Wesleyan church, which was built from pit-sawn timber in 1876 and led as a non-denominational church by a Methodist minister.[1][2] The chuch formerly overlooked the town, but 1912 it was moved back and rotated 90° on its section.[1] As the population of Blacks Point declined, worship shifted to Reefton, and the church closed in 1960.[1]

The church building was sold to the community for the purposes of a museum, and Blacks Point Museum opened on 1 October 1966. The building was extended in 1976, and the working Golden Fleece stamper installed in the 1980s.[1] In 2008, a $135,000 purpose-built archive and research room was added. In 2009, a display building and lean-to was constructed, and in 2013 the museum building was re-roofed.[1]

 
Blacks Point museum, showing the mural by Alun Bollinger

The exterior of the museum hosts a mural by cinematographer and local resident Alun Bollinger.[3]

CollectionEdit

The museum contains a collection of memorabilia relating to life in a mining town in New Zealand, including records from the school, the cemetery, genealogical material, a historical photograph collection, town directories, and a range of mining paraphernalia.[4][3]

Next to the museum the still-functional Golden Fleece Battery, which was used by prospectors to crush quartz to extract gold. The battery is a water-driven stamper battery built and used in the 1870s.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e 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.
  2. ^ Tomahawk. "Our History | Reefton The Town of Light". www.reefton.co.nz. Archived from the original on 13 August 2020. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Blacks Point Museum". Te Ara New Zealand. Archived from the original on 18 October 2021. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Blacks Point Museum | Reefton, New Zealand Attractions". Lonely Planet. Archived from the original on 1 October 2020. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  5. ^ Tomahawk. "Our History | Reefton The Town of Light". www.reefton.co.nz. Archived from the original on 13 August 2020. Retrieved 6 September 2020.

Coordinates: 42°7′53.7″S 171°52′55.9″E / 42.131583°S 171.882194°E / -42.131583; 171.882194