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Nelson Historical Society Journal, Volume 1, Issue 6, March 1964

Chain of Events

Chain of Events

To recapitulate, the unbiased observer can follow a distinct chain of events in railway construction in New Zealand. First and foremost, the Dun Mountain railway, which immediately inspired the projected railway to the south-west, this to be followed by the Nelson-Cobden project, to end up in Vogel's public works policy throughout New Zealand. With the abolition of the Provincial Council in 1876, Nelson lost its Crown lands and mineral resources, and thereby all chance of building its own railway.

The plaque that was unveiled on February 3rd, 1962, to commemorate New Zealand's first railway will remain for future generations to see, but it will not serve its true purpose if what it really represents is not realised by our people.

(5)—"Votes and Proceedings", Nelson Provincial Council, 1863 Session X and 11.

—"Votes and Proceedings", Session XV, 1867.

"Votes and Proceedings", Session XVI, 1867.

"Votes and Proceedings", July 24, 1867.

(7)—"Examiner", May 5th, 1868.

—"Votes and Proceedings", Page 6, 1870.

"Hansard" Volume 7, 1870, pages 574–575.

"Hansard", IX, 1870, pages 532–534. 546–574.


—"Examiner", September 6th, 1871. 13th, 1871.

"Hansard", Page 213, September

(10)—"Hansard", September 12th, 1871 page 373.
(11)—"Examiner" July 20th, 1872.