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From its beginnings as a saddlery in 1898 through to its most recent incarnation as an outdoors store and manufacturer of specialty textiles, 255 High Street has been owned...Read more about "W.A. Coppins"...
Main trunk railway line
Construction of South Island Railway: a Stop-Start Journey Parochialism and politics, the Great Depression and two World Wars meant that completion of the South Island’s Main Trunk Line was...Read more about "Main trunk railway line"...
New Zealand’s first game of rugby
The crowd of Nelsonians gathered at The Botanics one May day in 1870 had no idea that they were witnessing the birth of a New Zealand tradition, rugby..... ...Read more about "New Zealand’s first game of rugby"...
La Bella Vita - Italians in Nelson
The first Italians came to the top of the South Island for different reasons, with the majority escaping poverty and a lack of opportunity in their homeland. One of...Read more about "La Bella Vita - Italians in Nelson"...
Fleeing war torn Italy
Post World War II Italian immigration to Nelson The desire to leave war-torn Europe resulted in a wave of post-World War II Italian immigration to New Zealand in...Read more about "Fleeing war torn Italy"...
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