Story: Land ownership

Nelson, 1863

Nelson, 1863

This watercolour by Francis Ann Fletcher presents a romanticised view of the agricultural hinterland of Nelson. New Zealand Company settlers had been promised 150 acres (61 hectares) of rural land, but there was a shortage of available land that could be easily cultivated. The hills around Nelson were much steeper and harder to work than this image suggests.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-030-022
Watercolour by Frances Ann Fletcher

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How to cite this page:

Jim McAloon, 'Land ownership - Early Pākehā land settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Jim McAloon, published 24 Nov 2008