Stories about the way people have lived in the top of the South: stories about iwi and the land, colonial settlement, governance, different communities, education, housing, health and more.

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  1. Early Nelson College
    Nelson College was established in 1856 with high hopes that Nelson would become the 'Eton of the South’. read more
  2. Nelson College - a boys' eye view
    Some student recollections of the early days of Nelson College read more
  3. Wakefield's Libraries
    Wakefield has had at least two libraries. The building remains, even if the service does not today. read more
  4. Stoke Sports
    Sport has long played a major part in the life of Stoke's residents. The development of Saxton Field is now the regions's sporting hub. read more
  5. Life in Canvastown and the Wakamarina
    These memories contributed for the 150th anniversary of the founding of Canvastown in 2014, give a good picture of life in the region in the first 100... read more
  6. The Path to Nuclear Free Nelson
    In September 1983 Nelson City was declared a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone. This is the story of this historic decision and the notable events and characte... read more
  7. Apple Day
    Apple Day in Nelson was another way of raising money locally for the boys involved in World War 1. It has been revived as a celebration of a local ind... read more
  8. Early colonial life in Nelson
    Who were the first European colonists to Nelson? What kind of people were they? read more
  9. Old Folks Hall Nelson
    The Old Folks Hall in Nelson is a well known building with an interesting story read more
  10. Croquet in Nelson
    Nelson Croquet Club claims to be the oldest established croquet Club in New Zealand. read more