Story: Nelson region

Thomas Blick and Blick cloth

Thomas Blick and Blick cloth

English weaver Thomas Blick established a woollen mill in Upper Brook Street, Nelson, in June 1845. He employed German immigrant women, including those from the Bensemann and Eggers families. The women spun sheep’s wool, which was used to produce a strong, almost waterproof fabric known as Blick cloth. It was used for uniforms of the constabulary.

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson region - Farming', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 December 2019)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 3 Aug 2015