December 2011
This workplan provides management guidance on the conservation of the 1890 Blackball Coal Mine.

Blackball Coal Mine publication cover.
Blackball Coal Mine publication cover


The Blackball Coal Mine site is one of several heritage places that collectively comprise the coal mining heritage of the Blackball area.

A short walk to the historic coal mine is an interesting extra when visiting Blackball, a proud old mining town with loads of character and significant as the only original mining town in New Zealand which is still populated.

This workplan:

  • Summarises the high heritage significance of the site, with particular reference to the historic 1908 crib time strike and the continued existence of Blackball as a rare example of a historic mining town.
  • Specifies work that will conserve important heritage fabric at the site to assist its stabilisation and long-term preservation.
  • Suggests a partnership with the Blackball community that can support their cultural connection with this site and provide business opportunities by developing its potential to enhance visitor experience at Blackball.

Publication information

Author: Jim Staton

Prepared for Greymouth Mawheranui Area Office

Published by Department of Conservation

ISBN: Print - 978-0-478-14944-9; Web - 978-0-478-14945-6


Māwhera / Greymouth Office
Phone:   +64 3 768 0427
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   17 High Street
Greymouth 7805
Postal Address:   PO Box 370
Greymouth 7840

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