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. William Eyes
    A cast of hardworking ‘alpha’ men dominated the early days of settlement in the Wairau. And none was more keen to get to the top than William Henry E... read more
  2. Joseph Ward
    Joseph Ward, an early settler of of Nelson and later Marlborough, was a diarist, runholder and forthright politician. read more
  3. James Durden
    A solitary grave stone perched on a lonely grass and flax covered coastal terrace 1km north of the Anatori River, North West Nelson, marks the final r... read more
  4. Early Marlborough Settlers
    There was plenty of opportunity for an able man (supported by an equally able wife) in the early days of a colony. Read about some prominent early Mar... read more
  5. Reverend brothers Arthur and Reginald Hermon
    Arthur Hermon and his brother Reginald were well known Anglican Church figures in Nelson's early years, associated with Bishop Suter and Bishopdale Co... read more
  6. The Hale family and the second Colonial landscape
    The work of early nurserymen like the Hale family can be seen in Nelson and all over New Zealand. It has also had a major impact on the New Zealand la... read more
  7. Robert Ellis and Brightwater's electricity
    Ellis Street in Brightwater is named after Robert, or Bobby, Ellis - a man known for his considerable mechanical ingenuity and business acumen. read more
  8. Women Decision-Makers of Tasman 1944-2018
    A record of the women who have been elected to local government in the Tasman region to 2018, and an acknowledgment of the contribution they have made... read more
  9. Women Decision-makers of Nelson 1956-2018
    A record of the women who have been elected to local government in the Nelson region to 2018, and an acknowledgment of the contribution they have made... read more
  10. Marlborough Women and the Petition
    A number of Marlborough women were signatories of the 1893 women's suffrage petition read more