Story: Nelson region

Nelson town blocks (1st of 2)

This map shows the street plan of Nelson – which survives largely as planned – and the distribution of the urban sections. The centre of the plan was Trafalgar Square, which never became a market square, but the site of Nelson Cathedral. The colour coding shows land sales and reserves: blue was land that had been sold, yellow were New Zealand Company reserves, red were colonial (government) reserves and green were native (Māori) reserves – the Native Tenths Reserves. One hundred acres (40 hectares) of Nelson town (one-eleventh, not one-tenth) was set aside for Native Reserves in 1842, but much of this was later alienated by the Crown, to the severe detriment of local Māori.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: MapColl 834.1953gbbd/1842/Acc.3045

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson region - European settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 1 Aug 2015