Further information on future meetings of the Nelson Historical Society Inc.

2017 Jeff Newport Memorial Essay Prize

Entry Form and Details


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Jeff Newport Poster 2017

Further information on future meetings

May 2017 - May Meeting

Date: Monday, 8 May 2017, 7.30pm
Place: Masonic Hall, 109 Nile Street East, (next to Prince Albert Hotel)
Speaker: Peter Millward

Topic: Peter describes the process he used in researching WW1 veterans burried at Stoke's Marsden Valley Cemetery and what it can help to tell us about the phases of the war, specially during 1917. What started out as a project to map the RSA area expanded to encompass an even larger number of veterans buried elsewhere in the cemetery.
Download the database here.
Marsden Valley database

June 2017 - Annual General Meeting and Book Sale

Date: Monday, 12 June 2017, 7.30pm
Place: Masonic Hall, 109 Nile Street East, (next to Prince Albert Hotel)
Post-AGM Speaker: TBC

Book Sale: Nelson regional history books for sale at the conclusion of the meeting - come prepared with cash and cheque books. Funds raised will go into the society's research and publishing fund. Donations of relevant books welcome.


July 2017 - July Meeting

Date: Monday, 10 July 2017, 7.30pm
Place: Masonic Hall, 109 Nile Street East, (next to Prince Albert Hotel)
Speaker: Carol Dawber - history writer

Topic: Writer and editor Carol Dawber will discuss her own Golden Bay books and others published under the River Press imprint, with a focus on the photo-history format and on the financial and practical involvement of the wider community in recording lcal history. Waitapu to Waitui: a Journey up the Takaka Valley, is the fourth of her Golden Bay series.


August 2017 - August Meeting

Date: Monday, 14 August 2017, 7.30pm
Place: Masonic Hall, 109 Nile Street East, (next to Prince Albert Hotel)
Panel Discussion: Historical Fiction - Fact or Fantasy?

Speakers: Golden Bay writers Gerard Hindmarsh (Angelina) and Suzanne Clark (His Father's Will, and Keep Your Head Up Girl), and Nelson writer Alexandra Tidswell (Lewisville) discuss the merits of historical fiction, or faction - that is, the blending of fact and fiction to present history in an alternative way and to a wider readership.
The author's 'faction' books will be available for sale on the night.

JULY 1916 Meeting

Speakers: Peter Millward & Karen Stade

Topic: The speakers outlined the project that saw the transcription of the war diaries of Cyril Saunderson Spear made available for researchers. Cyril was a journalist for many years with the Nelson Evening Mail.
Download the diaries here.
Cyril Spear WW1 diary