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Formerly the Blackball Hilton by Ella Derbyshire

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Taken by
Ella Derbyshire Ella Derbyshire
Explore score
0.32 Gigapixels
Date added
Mar 03, 2010
Date taken
Mar 03, 2010

Nikon D80's


Driving south from Picton towards New Zealand's west coast, just a little north and inland from Greymouth, we came across the picturesque town of Blackball. It is just a little place, slightly off the road on the right as you drive from Reefton to Greymouth.
Blackball was a coal mining center at the end of the 19th Century. Following the success of the miners in several labor disputes, the idea of workers joining together in unions took off. And so, the Federation of Labour and the New Zealand Labour Party were born here.
There isn't a lot of modern architecture around town, and I doubt that there is anything at all like a rush hour in this tiny community. Instead, it is a charming hamlet populated with very friendly people.
The hotel pictured in this panorama is an old one. Located on Hart Street, it was called the Dominion Hotel when it opened in 1910. In the 1970’s it became the Blackball Hilton, and then it became "formerly the Hilton" after it came to the attention of the larger hotel company with the same name. Fortunately, Formerly the Blackball Hilton is still in the hospitality business.
The 74 images of this panorama were photographed with a Nikon D80 and stitched with Autopano Pro.

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