THE DUNTROON BLACKSMITH STORY
Nicol’s Blacksmith Shop is the only easily accessible ‘authentic village blacksmith’ in New Zealand . It is located on State Highway 83 right in the middle of Duntroon township.
The Nicol’s Blacksmith Shop has been a part of Duntroon life for over 100 years.
Its future was uncertain until four local farmers purchased the Blacksmith Shop in 1975. In more recent times, the Nicol’s Blacksmith Historic Trust was formed and ownership was transferred to the Trust.
New Zealand Historic Places Trust’s recent classification as catergory one, recognises it is as place of national significance, emphasising its authenticity and importance in telling the story of the role of the horse in the development of this nation.
Nicol’s Blacksmith Shop is important, not because it was a prominent building or used by prominent people, nor was Duntroon a significant site in New Zealand history. It is however, a very rare example of what was a vital service throughout the nation, and it lives on in its original building. It represents the workplace of a craftsman, who epitomises many others who collectively kept the land transport system and the farming industry working.
Architecturally, the building is typical of the weatherboard construction over an earthen floor. Such buildings are now rare, or were “improved” by adding floors and other luxuries.
It was not built for comfort but for function, and is a great example of the working conditions of that time. It contains many unique items left “in situ” when it closed.
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