William Beatson was a London architect who emigrated to Nelson in 1851. He was trained at the Royal Academy, he was one of the first qualified architects “in a colony where every carpenter calls himself an Architect”.
After an unsuccessful venture into farming, he practised for the following 15 ... read more
A companion volume to George McMurtry's A Versatile Community this book explores the history of the southern region of Upper Moutere.
Contains over 200 colour photographs. The book promotes 36 artists from Golden Bay. It is divided into 8 main chapters, covering the following mediums; painting (realism, landscape, abstract etc), sculpture (marble, stone, fibre, wire and wood), pottery and ceramics, photography, wearable art designers, jewellers, print-maker... read more
Construction of the Cobb power scheme began in 1935 and continued for twenty-two years. This is the history of the scheme itself, but also of those who designed, built and ran the scheme from its inception to the present day.
A 31 page booklet covering the area's history, native animals, vegetation, communities and school. Rai Valley is a rural community situated between Pelorus Bridge and Nelson. The area originally known as Flat Creek, extends from the confluence of the Rai and Pelorus Rivers, to upstream of the Rai Valley township and Northw... read more
This fascinating book published to celebrate the Suter Gallery's Centennial, set the Suter Gallery in the context of the wider New Zealand artistic scene,is also a valuable reference work on New Zealand and Nelson art. It is richly illustrated from the gallery's collection, many of the works being suppo... read more
A history of the Wakapuaka region of Nelson from Maori settlement to the late twentieth century. A comprehensive listing of European settlers, including all the well known names of the area.
A wonderfully dierse selection of short stories with a quirky take on New Zealand life. Drawn from the "Books for Blokes" competition run by the Adult Learning Support in Nelson, these stories will catch your interest and keep you reading.
51 pages of colour photographs and text of selected reserves in the TDC. Including Pohara, Patons Rock, Kina Beach, Thorp Bush, Rabbit Island, Lee Valley, Washbourne Gardens, Lee Valley and the three National Parks.
The Nelson seaside school of Tahunanui began in a tiny lean-to shed in 1908. Despite Nelson Education Board scepticism that the school and its settlement would even be permanent, the school by the sands grew quickly, forcing the construction of its first purpose built classroom just two years later. In the intervening centur... read more
Ring bound and pocket sized with 6 city rides and 10 mountain bike rides. From an easy 20 minutes to a hard 2 hours.
Walk Nelson was published in August 2007 as a revised edition combining walks from earlier Walk Nelson publications (1998, 1999) as well as featuring some new walks and tracks. The booklet is divided into seven geographical sections with an overall map as well as route directions for each of the 56 walks included.
The story of Dancing, dance halls and dance bands in the Nelson Province over the last 90 years. A time during hardship in the early days, but the joy derived from the pleasures of music, dance and the closeness of one another, to the present. A wonderful period of our lives.
Protecting the scenic jewel of the Hokitika Gorge, 25 kilometres southeast of the greenstone centre of Hokitika, are the lush, green pasturelands of the Kokatahi and Kowhitirangi dairy-farming districts. Behind their prosperous aspect lie many stories of vision, hard work, co-operation and endurance that go a long way towards... read more
Voices from the Sea tells the stories of fifteen prominent fishing families from the Nelson and Marlborough regions. In their own voices the members of a number of generations tell the vicissitudes and rewards of their seafaring lifestyle. From the era of handlining out of a clinker dinghy, to the discovery and development of... read more