Nelson Historical Society Journal, Volume 1, Issue 4, December 1959
Dr Bett had collected excellent files of Provincial Government gazettes and proceedings, and similarly for other related provinces, for Wellington, and for the South Island.
Official papers of the central Government, and the many important reports to the British Parliament from the 1830s onwards were vital to the historian, and arc in good strength in Dr Bett's catalogue, Mr Taylor said.
Beyond those again were the groups of photographs, sketches and pictures, maps and prints that so frequently told far more than the printed word.
This considerable group of records was bequeathed to a group of trustees, who were instructed to place it in the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, until suitable accommodation and custody could be arranged in Nelson.