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. Dr. Hubert Oscar Washbourn
    Dr Hubert Oscar Washbourn, known by family as Pete, arrived in Richmond in 1919 and during this year he bought Hillcrest Private Hospital read more
  2. James Akersten
    Landscape and studio photographer, James Akersten spent many years living and working around Havelock and Nelson. read more
  3. Esther Mary White
    Esther Mary White, later wife of Theodore Rigg, was well known for her work with Russian orphans during the first world war. read more
  4. Theodore Rigg and World War One
    Theodore Rigg (KBE, 1888-1972) was highly regarded as Director of the Cawthron Institute in Nelson from 1934-1956. During World War One, as a Quaker... read more
  5. Perrine Moncrieff
    Pérrine Moncrieff, 1893-1968, was an important figure in New Zealand’s early conservation movement: a small, dynamic woman who achieved much in her li... read more
  6. Trooper Ralph Vincent James and his Monument
    Collingwood lad, Trooper Ralph Vincent James, died of enteric fever on 20 November 1900 while serving in the Boer War for the Fifth Contingent of New ... read more
  7. Percy Adams and his gates
    Touch Not The Cat Bot A Glove reads the inscription on the Percy Bolland Adams Memorial Gates at Wakapuaka Cemetery read more
  8. George Lawrence
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  9. Cyril Spear's Words of War
    The diaries of a Nelson Evening Mail journalist provide some of the most compelling accounts of World War I to be written by a Nelson soldier. read more
  10. The Saxton legacy
    Oaklands Farm and Saxton sports field form part of the legacy of the Saxton family, early Nelson settlers read more