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  1. La Bella Vita - Italians in Nelson
    Not only did Nelson’s Italian community grow superb tomatoes and vegetables in The Wood area, but their culture and family values have been an integra... read more
  2. Quakers in Nelson - Quakers Acre Cemetery
    Quakers Acre, which was once known as Town Acre 667, marks the site of New Zealand's first Quaker Meeting House, which opened 15 May 1853 read more
  3. 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. read more
  4. Suffragettes
    A woman who concealed her true identity under the pen name Femina was New Zealand’s pioneer suffragette. A few years later the founding principal of N... read more
  5. Development of tertiary education
    The first European settlers brought a desire to better themselves and their children through education and vocational training. This vision became rea... read more
  6. New Zealand Company
    New Zealand Company founder and director, Edward Gibbon Wakefield believed a successful colony needed to attract a balance of capitalists and labour. ... read more
  7. Marlborough's Early Churches
    There was a tradition of tolerance and goodwill between Marlborough’s Christian churches from the earliest days, when dedicated ministers and priests ... read more
  8. Education in Nelson - timeline
    Nelson Province played an important role in the history of New Zealand education read more
  9. Education in Marlborough
    Marlborough’s early schools faced a tough beginning. read more
  10. The scandalous Chieftain
    A scandal on board the ship Chieftain in 1858 caused a stir in the local newspapers read more