Willie John McBride CBE, Patron from 2014 - present
Played 63 tests for Ireland and was a British and Irish Lion. During the 1971 tour when the Lions won the test series over New Zealand, he was pack leader - this was the first and last series win over New Zealand. After retiring from playing, McBride managed the 1983 Lions tour to New Zealand.
Jack Kyle OBE, previous Patron until 2014
British and Irish Lions player, Jack is best known for leading Ireland to a grand slam in the 1948 Five Nations Championship. The New Zealand Almanac, in 1950, named him as one of the six players of the year when he was playing for the British Lions on their tour to New Zealand and Australia.
A wooden club used by Maori warriors in hand-to-hand fighting where split section action is required. Made of wood, bone or stone.
The tewhatewha was a two-handed club popular with Maori warriors. Sometimes decorated with feathers, to flick at the face of the opponent as a distraction.
This lovely tray is made of paua shell and chrome. Gifted to the Museum by Mrs Tease.
One of a number of cartoons. This example depicts John Ballance, introducing a progressive Land Tax.
Made of jute with cotton labels, these were used to send food parcels, such as an egg immersed in a tub of lard, to County Down from New Zealand. Gifted to the Museum from Mrs Menelly.
Signed by the 1994 New Zealand touring team during their visit to Belfast
Showing Phase 1 & Phase 2
Phase 1, 1990
THE RESTORED COTTAGE ROOM
The interior gable wall was built from original stones found at the site.
THE TEA BARN
A restored 19th barn is now used as our Tea Barn. The flowerbed contains New Zealand natives that can grow in our local climate.
The Parlour fireplace before its restoration.
Mrs Jill McIvor
Jill McIvor was the inspiration for the rebuilding of The Ballance House following the publication of ‘The Rainmaker’ by her son Timothy in New Zealand. She was subsequently appointed the Honorary Consul for New Zealand in Northern Ireland. Mrs McIvor formed the Ulster New Zealand Trust (UNZT) in the 1990s and put together a team to restore the original home of John Ballance.
Presented by The Right Honorable James Bolger, previous Prime Minister of New Zealand during his visit to Ballance House on 12 March 1993.
A beautifully crafted wooden box depicting the native woods of New Zealand. On loan from Mrs D McMurray.
DECLARATION OF FRIENDSHIP & GOODWILL
This document, dated 1994, between the City of Wanganui and Borough of Lisburn, recognises the historic link formed by John Ballance. It was renewed 20 years later at a ceremony in Wanganui.
THE OLD PRIVY
The outside facilities of the era.
Horses walking around the cobbled area turned the spindle which in turn rotated the butter churn in the house.
One of a large selection of photographs depicting Maori life covering a period from the 1860s-1930s. Donated from the Collection of the Auckland Institute & Museum.
This marks the actual site of the cottage in which John Ballance was born in 1839
The cat wants the chocolate...
Hard to beat Strawberry Angels!
Our new fairy trail - what's behind the red door?
I do like strawberries, honest.
Delicious chocolate from Holdens Chocolatiers
Peter Elliott, musician from Hillsborough adding to the atmosphere
Have you tried Burren Balsamics' Strawberry & Mint yet?
Loughall Honey with their bee demo hive - whipped honey, yum!
Clay modelling with Jumping Clay
Great support from the RSPB
Creative fun - all the buns are gone!
Gorgeous Indigo Dream Angels!
Thanks Lisburn City for the invaluable gazebos
Miss Mulligan meets the Bee Man
Strawberry magnet made with Jumping Clay and face painting
Design an Apple Day Poster entries from Killowen Primary School, Lisburn
Well done to Lucy Nightingale for her winning entry!
The very popular Red Devil apple from Kenny Redmond's orchard
Candles in Bloom
Critters for Kenya all proceeds to charity.
Skye's Waggy Tales launched their new Christmas book
Great Halloween display from Nitted Things
Agnes Clarke Bags, all proceed to charity and very popular!
Really eye-catching originals and prints from Lawrence Chambers
Rain didn't stop Loughall Honey, although Jack kept disappearing to the fireside!
Strange... no Jack! It was certainly a day to have the fire lit in the Parlour and to hear tales about John Ballance from our very knowledgeable guides.
Only 3 cm of rain recorded...
Brambleberry Jams also braved the weather - the toffee sauce was delicious and, silver lining - no wasps!
Thanks RSPB for all your useful and practical advice
Jumping Clay was a big hit with a 'make and take' apple magnet
... and then the sunshine!
Welcome to the Ballymacrickett Primary School Choir
Congratulations to our M&S Christmas Hamper winner - Elizabeth Somers!
Christmas wooden creations from La Reindeer
Our Maori 'visitor' joins in the Christmas spirit.
Even the penguins support the All Blacks!
Crafting fun with Linda making tree decorations and Christmas cards
Holdens Chocolatier's always have delicious wares
Wooden crafts from La Reindeer
The RSPB promotes how to help wild animals during the chilly season
Santa welcomes the Mayor & Mayoress of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council
Soreen, from Indigo Dream Angels, meets the Mayor.
Valerie very kindly donates her proceeds to The Ballance House which greatly helps with our fund-raising.
Lawrence Chambers discusses his art with the Mayor
The Choir sings for visitors, volunteers and the Mayor & Mayoress.
Just waiting for Santa to arrive - might be a warm entrance!
Willie-John McBride speaking at The Ballance House Waitangi Day celebrations on Tuesday 6 February
Reminiscing on his rugby memories from the British & Irish Lions
Dilworth tutors from New Zealand, Sam and Shaye, who are currently at Royal School Dungannon
Bryan Johnston displaying some of his research into the Royal New Zealand Air Force who lost their lives in Northern Ireland during WWII
Paul Hewitt, Chairman of the Board of Directors UNZT pictured with LCCC Mayor Cllcr Tim Morrow
Willie-John and one of his young fans
Bryan Johnston and Paul Hewitt pictured with Mrs J Christie CVO OBE, Lord Lieutenant for Co Antrim
The two patrons of UNZT, Brian McKnight and Willie-John McBride
Willie-John and Jon
Joan Christie and Freddie Hall, Executive Director of The Ballance House
One of the original Victorian oil lamps in the Parlour
A beautiful snowy Waitangi Day, 6 February 2018, at The Ballance House
New Zealanders Sam Mitchie and Shaye Toa-Maxwell
Sam and Shaye pictured with guests Anne, Brendan and Victoria