The people of the Top of the South

Stories about the people who have played a significant, or interesting, role in the history and life of the top of the South Island of New Zealand.

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  1. Francis Dillon Bell
    Runholder, public administrator, politician. read more
  2. William Fox
    New Zealand Company agent, artist, explorer, Premier. read more
  3. Constantine and Fanny Dillon
    Constantine Dillon (1813-1853), runholder, JP, Government official and Fanny Dillon (died 1896), early pioneer, mother and wife. read more
  4. Father Antoine Marie Garin
    On May 9, 1850, Father Antoine Marie Garin arrived in Nelson. During the next 40 years Father Garin would contribute hugely to the development of educ... read more
  5. John Waring Saxton
    Saxton was an assiduous and observant diarist and leaves us with a detailed picture of the lives of the early European settlers read more
  6. John Sylvanus Cotterell
    surveyor, settler, explorer who respected Maori, but died in the Wairau Affray read more
  7. Frederick Tuckett
    Frederick Tuckett was a chief surveyor, explorer and acting NZ Company resident agent read more
  8. John Wallis Barnicoat
    surveyor, Speaker of Nelson Provincial Council read more
  9. Ferdinand Hochstetter
    The father of New Zealand Geology - on the 150th anniversary of his survey of the Nelson region read more
  10. Early prominent Marlburians
    Two doctors and a shopkeeper were key figures in turning Blenheim from a settlement notorious for a spirit of lawlessness into a bustling market town... read more