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The trial of the notorious Burgess gang caused a sensation in the small town of Nelson in 1866. Murder was a rare crime and this one involved not...Read more about "Maungatapu Murders - The notorious Burgess Gang"...
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"...
Imagine the excitement in August, 1920 when Captain Euan Dickson touched down in his Avro 504K, D6243 on a Dillon's Point (Blenheim) farm. He was en route from...Read more about "Marlborough Aviation"...
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"...
The first Māori immigrants, who came from much warmer climes in the Pacific, were forced to adapt their horticultural methods quickly in order to survive. Kumara, in particular, required...Read more about "Maori horticultural skills and their soils"...
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