Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

27/1/2008

Land of hope and stories

We felt like pioneers as we drove into Nelson. Spring gales had been lashing South Island all week, and the inter-island ferry from Wellington was an hour late after ploughing through the whitecaps surging across Cook Strait. As we dropped down through the mountains towards Tasman Bay we could see the lights of Nelson curving along the coast. This was the haven that attracted the British settlers of the 1840s, who named their new home after the hero who had seen off the French (and Spanish) 40 years before. The French had just lost out to the British in the race to colonise South Island, and the British drove the point home with their choice of street names, including Trafalgar and Hardy Streets. for more click here

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