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. William Stud Bovey
    William Study Bovey, 1872-1917, was one of the eight Stoke men who died in World War One. He is commemorated on the Stoke Memorial Gates. read more
  2. Harold Bernard Jellyman
    Harold Bernard Jellyman, 1894 – 1917, was one of the eight Stoke men known to have died in World War I. He is commemorated on the Stoke Memorial Gates... read more
  3. Leonard Francis Smith
    Leonard Francis Smith (1882-1917) is one of the eight Stoke men known to have died in World War One. read more
  4. Graves of Fairfield Park
    The stories behind the gravestones of Fairfield Park. read more
  5. Rifleman John William Brunning
    The Brunnings were early German settlers, with Sarau and Marlborough connections. Their story is connected with the growth of the region, but it had a... read more
  6. Trooper Leonard Tarrant and his Memorial
    Trooper Leonard Mathews Tarrant was first New Zealander ever to die in a P.O.W. camp - during the South African War in 1900. read more
  7. Thomas and Sarah Roil
    Thomas and Sarah Roil and five of their children from Alton, Hampshire emigrated to New Zealand on the Bolton arriving in Nelson 15 March 1842. read more
  8. Edward Baigent - father of many mills
    The mill which Edward Baigent built at Ryversdale, at the entrance to Pigeon Valley in 1855, was not the first he had built in the Wakefield area, nor... read more
  9. Dr. Hubert Oscar Washbourn
    Dr Hubert Oscar Washbourn, known by family as Pete, arrived in Richmond in 1919 and during this year he bought Hillcrest Private Hospital read more
  10. James Akersten
    Landscape and studio photographer, James Akersten spent many years living and working around Havelock and Nelson. read more