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Early Nelson

Early Nelson

Planning was a hallmark of the New Zealand Company settlements. The company’s founder, Edward Gibbon Wakefield, had a vision of rural society supported by towns. Images such as this view of Nelson in 1842 were used to promote his ideal to prospective immigrants. The settlement is evocative of an English hamlet, with groups of houses and dirt tracks meandering over fields. In the foreground a surveyor and assistant run a line, while workers construct a new house for a family living under canvas.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0011-06-2
Hand-coloured lithograph after a drawing by John Waring Saxton

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Ben Schrader, 'City planning - Early settlement planning', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 26 Mar 2015