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*The ideal settler* When William Harkness and his older brother, John, disembarked from the Thomas Sparks[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/ThomasSparks1843.htm] at Nelson on 26th February 1843, it was to be the beginning of a productive...Read more about "William Harkness"...
New Zealand’s first game of rugby
The crowd of Nelsonians gathered at The Botanics one May day in 1870 had no idea that they were witnessing the birth of a New Zealand tradition, rugby..... ...Read more about "New Zealand’s first game of rugby"...
The voyage of the SS Lyttelton
London to Wellington in 462 days The Nelson waterfront is now the domain of the chardonnay set, but from the deck of the recreational fishing berth you'll see an...Read more about "The voyage of the SS Lyttelton"...
German Settlement in Nelson
Nelson's earliest German settlers faced disappointment and hardship and were driven away from the Moutere Valley by poor soil and constant floods. The close-knit, industrious communities re-established themselves on...Read more about "German settlement in Nelson"...
Flooding on the Wairau Plain
Blenheim and the Wairau floodplain have experienced at least one damaging flood every decade since European settlement. In the early days, floods occurred so often and flood control works...Read more about "Flooding on the Wairau Plain"...
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