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Nelson becomes a City
Nelson became a city in 1859, an event which has been seen as a significant cause for celebration as centenary and 150 year events by the Council and...Read more about "Nelson becomes a City"...
The 1884 plague of rats
[admin/pages/]Early settlers in the Nelson Province faced many challenges. One of these was the rat problem – which exploded to plague proportions in 1884. PolynesianRatNZ Illustration of Polynesian Rat, Rattus...Read more about "The 1884 plague of rats"...
The Nelson Railway
Despite more than 80 years of drive and determination on the part of Nelsonians to work towards a railway that would end their isolation from the rest of...Read more about "The Nelson Railway…to Nowhere"...
Slavery in Colonial Times
As in many other cultures, slavery was a key element of Māori society. Mōkai (servants or slaves) were usually spoils of war, condemned to lives of drudgery, danger,...Read more about "Slavery in Colonial Times"...
Construction of Rocks Road and sea wall
*Rocky Road to Completion* When Frederick Tuckett, the chief surveyor of the New Zealand Company, was setting out the plan for Nelson, the only viable access to the farmlands...Read more about "Construction of Rocks Road and sea wall"...
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