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*The rise and fall of a colourful and controversial colonist* A cast of hardworking ‘alpha’ men dominated the early days of settlement in the Wairau. And none was more...Read more about "William Eyes"...
Artist, draughtsman and explorer The young Charles Heaphy was initially employed by the New Zealand Company as an artist and draughtsman, but his duties were varied and included helping to chart...Read more about "Charles Heaphy 1820-1881"...
Gold Point Mining
In 1872, Charles Greenlaw was prospecting in the Queen Charlotte Sound when he found “auriferous (gold bearing) quartz” on the western side near Picton. This led to the declaration...Read more about "Gold Point Mining"...
Life in Canvastown and the Wakamarina
These memories contributed for the 150th anniversary of the founding of Canvastown in 2014, give a good picture of life in the region in the first 100 years...Read more about "Life in Canvastown and the Wakamarina"...
Nelson/ Tasman's ground-breaking pottery There is some evidence that the use of clay may date back to early Māori settlement, but the history of clay use in the Nelson...Read more about "Nelson Pottery"...
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