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 1845. He employed German immigrant women, including members of the Bensemann and Eggers families. The women spun sheep’s wool to produce a strong, almost waterproof fabric known as Blick cloth that was used for police uniforms.

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson region - Farming', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 February 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 1 Aug 2015