Story: Marlborough region

Petition for separation from Nelson province, 1857

Petition for separation from Nelson province, 1857

This 1857 petition for separation from Nelson province was not successful, but another initiative a year later saw a new province – Marlborough – established in 1859. Settlers wanted a separate province because virtually none of the income raised from land sales in the Wairau and neighbouring districts was spent on them (for instance on roads). Runholders also thought a new Nelson council, elected in 1856, was unsympathetic to their interests, particularly in respect of the costs of leasing or buying pastoral land.

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Reference: Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 22 August 1857. p.3

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Marlborough region - Government', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/31792/petition-for-separation-from-nelson-province-1857 (accessed 27 June 2019)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Nov 2016