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

2017 Jeff Newport Memorial Essay Prize

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Jeff Newport Poster 2017

Further information on future meetings



September 2017

Date: Monday, 11 September 2017, 7.30pm
Place: Masonic Hall, 109 Nile Street East, (next to Prince Albert Hotel)
Topic: Members Show and Tell

Speakers: Several members will give short presentations about a variety of intriquing sounding topics. Come and hear about: Nelson’s Money – The Hardy Street Connection; My Criminal Past – Escapades of an Irish Criminal and Whaler; Tiny Treasures – a Miniature Mobile Memorial; A Short History of the Mouse Trap; Bullseye Founders – The Centre of it All; and Old Nelson: a Postcard History.


October 2017

Date: Monday, 9 October 2017, 7.30pm
Place: Masonic Hall, 109 Nile Street East, (next to Prince Albert Hotel)
Speaker: Steve Bagley

Topic: Albion Square, Nelson: the historical seat of provincial government for the Nelson region, now a historic reserve.


October 2017 - SPECIAL EVENT

Date: Saturday, 14 October 2017, 10.00am to 3.00pm
Place: Founders Heritage Park, Atawhai Drive, Nelson
Theme: Nelson’s Blackest Day: Passchendaele 12 October 1917

Presenters: The Nelson Historical Society and members Peter and Myra Millward host a public information session and commemorative display at the Fernery (where the WWI commemorative wall is) about the Battle of Passchendaele on 12 October 1917, the day on which Nelson and New Zealand suffered the highest number of fatalities during World War I.


November 2017.

Date: Monday, 13 November 2017, 7.30pm.
Place: Masonic Hall, 109 Nile Street East, (next to Prince Albert Hotel)
Speaker: Gwyn Rees will discuss the discovery of the sadly neglected Motueka memorial to South African (Boer) War soldier Len Tarrant, his research into Tarrant's life and medal, and the restoration and rededication of the memorial.

Topic: Trooper Leonard Tarrant and the rededication of the Tarrant War Memorial


MAY Meeting Resource

Topic: MARSDEN VALLEY CEMETERY

Speaker: Peter Millward described 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. 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

JULY Meeting Resource

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