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  • George Lawrence

    George Lawrence and the elephants of Wakefield The Waimea South Historical Society was recently gifted two intriguing photographs, of elephants bathing in the Wai-iti River and penned beside the...

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  • The Picton volunteers

    In early Pakeha settlement, the tradition of a voluntary military service was carried over from England, and a Volunteer Corps[http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-Cyc02Cycl-t1-body1-d1-d19-d7.html] was formed in New Zealand, mainly because of the perceived threat...

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  • Upstairs Downstairs

    Broadgreen’s Domestic and Ground staff of the 1860s As was befitting an affluent middle-class family such as the Buxtons[sitetree_link,id=535] of Broadgreen House[sitetree_link,id=348] in Stoke, paid staff looked after domestic and...

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  • Nayland Pool

    The school, the pool and the boiler The close relationship between Stoke’s Nayland Park Pool complex and Nayland College[sitetree_link,id=721] could be said to have started with a chat over...

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  • The Saxton legacy

    Bridging Nelson City and Tasman District, Saxton Field[http://nelson.govt.nz/recreation/venues-and-grounds/saxton-field/saxton-field-history/] is a major regional sporting facility, but the land it sits on used to be part of a large farm originally...

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