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. 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
  2. James Marsden and his Isel Farm
    James Marsden inherited the Isel Estate in 1876 and developed a highly successful farming enterprise. read more
  3. Albert Nalder
    Albert McCormick Nalder was a dedicated and skilfull seaman, who served his country in World War I and II and mastered vessels around the challenging ... read more
  4. Roy Sowman's Lodge
    In the early 1950s, Roy Sowman built a modest edifice on the edge of Neiman Creek on the Waimea estuary. read more
  5. Albert Branton Doidge
    Albert Branton Doidge was the first of eight Stoke men known to have died fighting in World War One. read more
  6. Robert Tod of Todds Valley
    Robert Tod was a Scottish merchant, shipbroker and commission agent who came to New Zealand to buy land. He overextended himself, but his name is reme... read more
  7. Dick Roberts
    Photographer, teacher and experimental farmer, Dick Roberts, is regarded as a leader of the organic and alternative lifestyle movement in New Zealand. read more
  8. Charles Yates Fell and his Memorial
    Charles Yates Fell was a significant Nelson character in the late 1800's, as Mayor and artist. A memorial to him was erected in Tahuna. read more
  9. Sydney Grey Davis
    Sydney Grey Davis, 1896-1917, is one of the eight Stoke men known to have died in World War One. read more
  10. Ernest Guy Giblin
    Ernest Guy Giblin, 1892-1916, is one of the eight Stoke men known to have died in World War One read more