The Ballance House - Ulster New Zealand Trust
Museum and birthplace of John Ballance former NZ Prime Minister.
John Ballance, born in Northern Ireland, was the 14th Premier of New Zealand at the end of the 19th century. He was the founder of the Liberal Party, the country's first organised political party and was instrumental in gaining women the vote.
The Museum display includes exhibits on Ballance's life and career, Maori culture and the Ulster-New Zealand connection. Pictured below is a small selection of The Ballance House exhibits linking Ulster to New Zealand. With thanks to those who have kindly donated family heirlooms.
The original farming implements found around the site are on loan from The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum.
Within the Museum there is also an extensive collection of literature, including travel and historical topics - all visitors are welcome to browse.
From the beginning of April to end of September, every Sunday (2 - 5 pm) and bank holiday (excluding 12 July).
Tours of the house and exhibition area are available during these opening times.
The Tea Barn will be open for light refreshments.