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Nelson Historical Society Journal, Volume 1, Issue 4, December 1959


During the 1958 Centennial Celebrations, Mrs S. Hazelwood, granddaughter of Captain Frederick George Moore, discoverer of Nelson Haven, was one of the panel of speakers on the early history of Nelson.

Mrs Hazelwood recalled that Captain Moore had arrived at Wellington on February 1, 1840. For 18 months he had travelled the New Zealand coast in a ship discovering hitherto uncharted bays and inlets.

Captain Moore learned the Maori language during the course of his trips and, when he lost his ship, he offered his services to Captain Arthur Wawefield, Mrs Hazelwood said.