Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Coals to Millerton

Earlier this year my grandmother sent me this necklace that has very interesting origins to me. It was made by my great-great uncle for my great-great grandmother out of cut and polished COAL! I believe it's West Coast coal, and not from Scotland, where they emigrated from, but sometimes it's a little difficult to get the full facts.
Sandra was able to go to the Blackball Strike centennial this Easter weekend which further sparked the urge to make a pilgrimage to the place where my maternal family started their New Zealand life.