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.

See related stories on this site:

Subscribe to RSS feedWhat is RSS?


  1. Phyllis Field
    Phyllis Field has strong memories of the Griffins Factory in Nelson and family life in Richmond read more
  2. Captain Edward Fearon
    Captain Edward Fearon was one of Motueka's pioneer settlers who became known as the King of Motueka read more
  3. Frederick Trolove
    Frederick Trolove, 1831-1880, was an early European settler who established Woodbank Run, located south of the Clarence River. read more
  4. Dr Thomas Renwick
    Dr Thomas Renwick was an industrious settler and prominent figure in early Marlborough and Nelson read more
  5. The Renwick family
    The Marlborough Museum Archives collection has digitised hundreds of letters donated by Annie Ball, which relate to the life of Dr Thomas Renwick’s fa... read more
  6. William Adams
    Eton and Oxford educated barrister, William Adams was a leading voice for the Wairau’s discontented settlers and became the province’s first Superinte... read more
  7. James Wynen
    The story of James Wynen, Blenheim's first storekeeper, is tinged with tragedy and mystery. read more
  8. James Sinclair
    Born in Caithness, in the north of Scotland, James Sinclair was described as a clear-headed, strong-minded Scotsman, who, by his dominating personalit... read more
  9. William Eyes
    A cast of hardworking ‘alpha’ men dominated the early days of settlement in the Wairau. And none was more keen to get to the top than William Henry E... read more
  10. Joseph Ward
    Joseph Ward, an early settler of of Nelson and later Marlborough, was a diarist, runholder and forthright politician. read more