NELSON REGION’S HISTORY GROUPS GATHER AT WILLOW BANK 15th February 2015


A brilliantly sunny day was a fitting backdrop to the visit of over 70 historical society members from the whole of the Nelson region to Willow Bank, the home and historic village of Christine Greider and Kim Kerslake just south of Wakefield on Sunday afternoon 15th February.

Christine Grieder welcomes her guests and provides some background information about Willow Bank

Christine Grieder welcomes her guests and provides some background information about Willow Bank

Hosted by the Nelson Historical Society, the aim of the meeting was to share the activities and achievements of the 8 different groups represented

Back: Tim Rich (Motueka & District Historical Assn), Ivan Ford (Collingwood Museum Society), Ken Wright (Nelson Historical Soc.), Front:  Barbara Carleton (Tapawera & Valleys Historical Soc.), Jill Pomeroy (Golden Bay Genealogical  Group), Penny Griffiths (Golden Bay Museum), Roger Batt (Waimea South Historical Soc.), Fred Stade (Historic Transport Museum, Higgins Park).

Back: Tim Rich (Motueka & District Historical Assn), Ivan Ford (Collingwood Museum Society), Ken Wright (Nelson Historical Soc.), Front: Barbara Carleton (Tapawera & Valleys Historical Soc.), Jill Pomeroy (Golden Bay Genealogical Group), Penny Griffiths (Golden Bay Museum), Roger Batt (Waimea South Historical Soc.), Fred Stade (Historic Transport Museum, Higgins Park).

Members enjoying afternoon tea in the old church

Members enjoying afternoon tea in the old church

Publications from Nelson Historical Society

Publications from Nelson Historical Society

An unknown soldier from WWI.  Please contact our Treasurer if you know who he is.

An unknown soldier from WWI. Please contact our Treasurer if you know who he is.

The Waimea South display of books, postcards, notecards and calendars for sale.

The Waimea South display of books, postcards, notecards and calendars for sale.

Our secretary's vintage car lends character to the day.

Our secretary’s vintage car lends character to the day.

and their plans for the coming year.

It was amazing to discover so many people interested and actively promoting history all over the region.

The caption underneath the accompanying photograph gives an idea of the scope of the representation.

Several groups had publications for sale.  Waimea South’s latest production, The Way We Were,  had only been printed on Friday.

New Publication from Waimea South Historical.  Now available from the Secretary:   (03) 542-3033

New Publication from Waimea South Historical. Now available from the Secretary: (03) 542-3033

A plan for an Historic House Trail to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Nelson settlement (1842) in February 2017 was presented by Waimea South.  The idea was to have a range of houses open to the public over the whole region, spread through the year.  It would involve participation by all the groups and could help to highlight the value we place on our local heritage.  Members

A section of the audience listening to presentations by the groups' representatives

A section of the audience listening to presentations by the groups’ representatives

were asked to discuss the proposal and report back on whether they would be able to support the idea.

The meeting itself made history as the first  gathering of its type to be held in the Nelson area.  Perhaps it will become a regular event.

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