Events In History
14 May 1870First game of rugby played in NZ
Around 200 people were on hand at Nelson’s Botanic Reserve to watch a new version of rugby football brought to New Zealand by Charles Monro. Read more...
5 October 1866Maungatapu murderers hanged in Nelson
Burgess, Kelly and Levy were hanged. Joseph Sullivan, the fourth member of the 'Burgess gang', received a life sentence after turning Queen's evidence and helping convict his co-accused. Read more...
21 January 1859Ice comes to Nelson
Enjoying a cold drink on a hot afternoon was not always as simple as adding ice from the freezer to water from the refrigerator. Once the ice made a much longer journey. Read more...
7 April 1856First state secondary school opens
The first state secondary school in New Zealand, Nelson College, opened in temporary premises in Trafalgar St with a roll of just eight boys. It eventually attracted boys from around the country as well as the local area. It now has a roll of over 1000 and continues to take both boarders and day pupils. Read more...
1 February 1842First NZ Company settlers arrive in Nelson
The Fifeshire arrived in Nelson with immigrants for the New Zealand Company's latest venture, which followed the settlement of Wellington, Whanganui and New Plymouth. Read more...
Edward Stafford was New Zealand's youngest leader and a stable influence on the early colonial government. He held the post of premier on three different occasions - 1856 - 1861, 1865 - 1869, and 1872.Read more...
The man credited with introducing rugby to New Zealand is the Nelson-born Charles Monro.Read more...
The passion and parochialism of provincial rugby has helped give the game a special place in New Zealand’s social and sporting history. Read brief histories, highlights and quirky facts about each of New Zealand's 26 regional rugby teams.
- Page 22 - Tasman rugbyHistory and highlights of rugby in the Tasman
- WW1 home front
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- red cross
- 1913 strike
- royal new zealand air force
- thomas brunner
- european discovery
- historic places
- new zealand mounted rifles
- ernest rutherford
- death penalty
- charles monro
- new zealand company
- roadside stories
- edward stafford
- jane atkinson
- new plymouth
- war memorials
- south african war
- royal tours
- toss woollaston
- art history
- abstract art
- queen elizabeth
- doris lusk
- richard seddon
- boer war
Nelson is the largest urban area in the upper South Island, positioned on the shores of Tasman Bay. The site of the city was chosen in 1841 as it had the best harbour in the region – Nelson Haven – and was close to the fertile Waimea Plains. Māori have lived in the region since the 1300s, and knew the area that is now Nelson city as Whakatū. In 1858 Nelson became a city when Queen Victoria made it the seat of an Anglican bishop. Yet it had just over 5,000 people, and cattle still wandered the streets. Nelson grew very slowly from the 1860s until the 1950s, when population growth increased and new suburbs developed.