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William Brownlee (1828-1917) and Edward Baigent (1813-1892) were two of Marlborough/Nelson's most successful sawmillers. Generations of both families continued to work in the timber and forestry industries until the...Read more about "Timber Pioneers - Brownlee and Baigent"...
Blenheim's Seymour Square was, officially, named after Henry Seymour who, with his son-in-law Alfred Fell, owned the land on which The Beaver[blenheim-or-the-beaver/] (Blenheim) was built. It is also said...Read more about "Seymour Square"...
The Murchison Earthquake
*Shaky Ground* For centuries before Europeans arrived, Māori had experienced rū whenua - ‘the shaking of the land'. According to Māori tradition, earthquakes are caused by the god Rūaumoko (or...Read more about "The Murchison Earthquake"...
Janice is of Ngāti Tama and Te Ātiawa descent. Born in Tākaka, Golden Bay on 11 February 1942, she was the eldest child of Tahana and Audrey Ward-Holmes. Her...Read more about "Janice Manson"...
Elizabeth Lissaman, potter
Elizabeth Hazel Lissaman was born in Blenheim on 11 October 1901, the second of six children of Helen Eva Bligh and her husband, Henri Lissaman, a sheep farmer. She...Read more about "Elizabeth Lissaman, potter"...
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