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  1. Life on the Fault Lines
    Marlborough’s East Coast is cross hatched with fault lines, the Wairau, Awatere, Clarence and Hope faults, and has experienced a number of significant... read more
  2. The Tetley Affair
    Marlborough was shaken by a scandal in the 1860s, when a Member of Parliament ran off to South America with £40,000 of investors’ money, and never ret... read more
  3. The 1884 plague of rats
    Early settlers in the Nelson Province faced many challenges. One of these was the rat problem, which exploded to plague proportions in 1884. read more