Story: Nelson places

St Michael’s church, Waimea West

St Michael’s church, Waimea West

St Michael's is the successor to the first church in Nelson province, and was probably the first memorial church in New Zealand. The current building was constructed in 1866, replacing an earlier small country church built in 1843. The 1866 building was designed by explorer and surveyor Thomas Brunner as a memorial to Captain F. H. Blundell. Blundell was an early Wairau valley runholder who died in 1865 and was buried in the churchyard. The original roof shingles have been replaced by corrugated iron but there has been little other alteration.

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson places - Richmond and the Waimea Plains', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 June 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 22 Apr 2015