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*The rise and fall of a colourful and controversial colonist* A cast of hardworking ‘alpha’ men dominated the early days of settlement in the Wairau. And none was more...Read more about "William Eyes"...
The Remnants of Taylor Ford
By the banks of the great Awatere River, nearby to Taylor Pass road, there once stood a township known as Taylor Ford upon the river terraces. A bustling...Read more about "The Remnants of Taylor Ford"...
Nelson's Church Steps
*The Church Steps - centre of the community* "Meet you at the church steps" is often heard in Nelson and the steps, from the bottom of Trafalgar Square...Read more about "Nelson's Church Steps"...
The trial of the notorious Burgess gang caused a sensation in the small town of Nelson in 1866. Murder was a rare crime and this one involved not...Read more about "Maungatapu Murders - The notorious Burgess Gang"...
The Nelson Contingent at Parihaka
*The Nelson Company of Volunteers* In mid-June 1880 the grateful citizens of Nelson and outlying settlements gave prizes to the volunteers for their sharp-shooting at the range. The firing...Read more about "The Nelson Contingent at Parihaka"...