Nelson Provincial Museum


Nelson Provincial Museum’s photographic collection is one of national significance with an estimated one and a half million photographs dating from the 1850s onwards. With the earliest photos dating from soon after European settlement, it is a visual record of the development of a colony, both the area and its people. Their renowned Tyree Studio collection is on to the UNESCO New Zealand Memory of the World Register.

The Museum has a phenomenal online Research Library & Archive – well worth having a look.


The Bird Butcher Shop of Trafalgar Street

The formidable Ann Bird made a huge contribution to Nelson’s early European settlement. Born in England, Ann was in her early 20s when she arrived in Nelson on the Fifeshire…

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F N Jones – inventor, photographer, showman and entrepreneur

Frederick Nelson Jones, better known as Freddy, or Pompy to his friends, was a man of many talents who made a huge contribution to Nelson. Born in Nelson in 1881,…

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