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The top of the South Island has long been an area of enterprise and ingenuity. These are stories about those enterprises - business, farming, fishing, industry; and the infrastructure which...Read more about "Enterprise"...
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 end...Read more about "Timber Pioneers - Brownlee and Baigent"...
The Brownlees enterprise
William Brownlee, and later his son John's, sawmilling enterprise was far more of a struggle than most reports suggest[marlborough-nelson-timber-pioneers/]. The Brownlee family, with a number of close relatives, who...Read more about "The Brownlees enterprise"...
Edward Baigent - Man of many mills
The mill which Edward Baigent built at Ryversdale, at the entrance to Pigeon Valley[http://www.google.co.nz/maps/place/Pigeon+Valley,+Tasman+7025/@-41.3992349,173.0398135,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x6d3ba27cd64e6969:0x936e74b826a0f3b0] in 1855, was not the first he had built in the Wakefield[sitetree_link,id=430] area, nor was it...Read more about "Edward Baigent - Man of many mills"...
It is believed that Wakefield (originally known as Pitfure)1 was named after the Yorkshire birthplace of an early settler, William Hough; however it is also widely accepted that the...Read more about "Early Wakefield"...