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.

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  1. Nellie Nightingale
    Nellie Nightingale's name lives on in her bequest of a memorial library to the people of Tahunanui. She was a colourful character. read more
  2. Jenny Hitchings
    Jenny Hitchings was the children's librarian at Nelson Library from 1965 to 1986, spanning the time when it moved from a subscription to a free, publi... read more
  3. Sir Stanley Whitehead
    Sir Stanley Whitehead was as active as a politician, both locally and nationally, as he had always proved to be on the sports field in his younger day... read more
  4. Charles Lowe
    Charles Lowe was an entrepreneur, inventor and farmer who transformed the raspberry and tobacco industries in the Motueka region. read more
  5. Arthur Wakefield
    Captain Arthur Wakefield was a key figure in the settlement of the Nelson region, until his death in the Wairau Affray. read more
  6. A.R. Kingsford
    Reg Kingsford was a Nelson photographer and World War 1 fighter pilot and well-known airman. read more
  7. Isaac Jacobsen - colonial Nelson architect and builder
    J.S.M. Jacobsen, architect, builder, geologist and prospector, was one of Nelson's early unsung heroes. read more
  8. Ching and Chisnall families
    These two families were amongst Nelson's earliest settlers. read more
  9. Captain F.G. Moore
    Captain Frederick George Moore was not a great man. He was blamed for sinking the Fifeshire and was involved with many failed venture, but he did disc... read more
  10. James Marsden and his Isel Farm
    James Marsden inherited the Isel Estate in 1876 and developed a highly successful farming enterprise. read more